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I was an hour late getting to the Career Center's Internship 
Fair, and by the time I arrived at the Heights Room in the 
Lower Campus Dining Hall, the place had achieved a 
fevered state that put me in mind of an airport on Thanks- 
giving eve-a melange of animal heat, ambition, anxiety, im- 
patience, and longing. 

A record 58 companies had turned up and covered their 
assigned tables with brochures, internship applications, 
logo-bearing tchotchkes, and presentation panels. And 800 
students-another record-were moving shoulder to shoulder 
through the narrow passages among the tables, sampling 
the possibilities. 

Heeding advice posted on the Career Center Website, 
the students were dressed for interviews. Tom, a junior in a 
black suit, white shirt, and gold tie, shook my hand with 
zest, as though I'd just offered him a position. Tom was after 
a summer internship with a law firm, but no law firms were 
represented at the fair because, Tom explained, they pre- 
ferred to choose their interns from among second-year law 
students. Makes sense to me, I told Tom. It didn't make ab- 
solute sense to Tom, but he was as practical as he was con- 
fident and had already determined that he would settle for 
a summer with a consulting firm. "I'd rather do that than 
work at the car wash," he mused. 

I wondered why but wished him luck anyway. Nearby, I 
found Dan, a sophomore, waiting at the end of a long queue 
for a chance to fill out an internship application with a soft- 
ware development firm. Must be a good company, I said. 
"I'm not sure," Dan said. "I think a guy I know said to check 
them out." "It can't hurt," a young man, who'd overheard us, 
instructed me. Stepping back into the slipstream, I passed a 
woman wishing aloud to her friends that she was a finance 
major, and then I watched Beth, a junior, fill out applications 
for internships in print creative, new media, public relations, 
and account management with an advertising agency. The 
company's representative seemed puzzled, and so was I. "It's 
kind of crazy," Beth conceded when I asked, and then she 
went off, perhaps to fill out more applications. 

As I squeezed my way past a small crowd that had gath- 
ered around a laptop to view a bank's PowerPoint presenta- 
ne upon a young man and two young women who 
were ;nring one of the Big Five accounting firms. 

They i lomers, but that didn't seem to perturb 

them. Calm as the three fates, they sat on folding chairs be- 
hind their white paper tablecloth and surveyed the room 
and me. The young man seemed to be in charge, and so I 
asked him about the benefits of an internship with his com- 
pany. Job offers, he explained, but at the very least, "a sense 
of what a day in the life of an accountant is like." If he in- 
tended to make me smile, he hid it well. As I turned away, I 
saw Tom and a group of navy and pinstriped friends sweep 
by, calling to one another excitedly, a flock on the move. 

According to the Career Center, about 70 percent of BC 
students participate in at least one internship (some do as 
many as three), and the reason, says Career Center Direc- 
tor Frank Fessenden, is that students want to nail down ca- 
reers as early as possible, and internships do the trick. Forty 
percent of BC students in internship programs receive job 
offers from the sponsoring company, a figure that reaches 
90 percent in Big Five accounting. And while internships 
not so long ago used to be an exclusive senior preserve, 
some companies have now begun freshman programs. 
"Essentially, a freshman internship would be a four-year in- 
terview process," says Fessenden, who is wise enough to 
shake his head in bewilderment but smart enough to have 
entered into a high-powered consortium with Princeton, 
Rice, Emory, and a few other universities that delivers BC 
students 12,000 internship possibilities each year. 

Every generation is, of course, entitled to its own ner- 
vous disease. This angst is hard to figure, though. The mar- 
ket throbs, the newspapers are black with opportunity, the 
U.S. is the only heavyweight still standing. 

"Have a lived life instead of a career . . . lived freedom 
will compensate you for a few losses," the Hungarian social 
critic Georg Konrad advised in a book I read some years 
ago. Konrad may not have known much about the Ameri- 
can career chase, but I haven't been able to shake his words 
even as I chased my own American career. Perhaps I should 
have repeated them to the students I met, should have 
preached the transcendent utility of summer jobs that allow 
you to sing along with the radio, to drive long distances, to 
win the love of children, to be a stranger, to return home at 
dawn, to live stories people may want to hear. 

Our special section on work begins on page 17. 

Ben Birnbaum 


SPRING 1999 


VOL. 59 NO. 2 



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Life's work: o spec/a/ sect/on 

Curse, consummation, art, torment, glory, intoxicant, paradox- 
work is our story. 

18 Granddaddy & Rollie: An introduction 

By Charlotte Bruce Harvey 

20 Building: Hands to work 

By Scott Russell Sanders 

24 Entry level: The view from the start 

Interviews by Suzanne Keating 

32 Family values: An almanac 

33 Seeing: Detail work 

By Elizabeth Graver 

36 Nice work if you can get it: Five choice jobs 

Photography by Gary W. Gilbert 

42 Broken contract: The rise of the virtual company 

By Charles Derber 

47 Becoming: Work in process 

By Andrew Krivak 

52 Subsequently: The view from the finish line 

Interviews by Anna Marie Murphy 




Washington pipeline. Art on-line. 
Rare finds. Marshalling strength. 


62 Q&A 

English Professor Richard 
Schrader explains why 
H.L. Mencken matters. 


Netscape architect Aleksandar 
Totic '88. 


Follows page 32 


Photograph by Andreas 
Gursky, "Siemens, Karlsruhe" 
©1999 Artists Rights Society 
(ARS), New York/VC 
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SPRING 1999 


Ben Birnbaum 


Charlotte Bruce Harvey 


Suzanne Keating 
John Ombelets 


David B. Williams 


Susan Callaghan 


Gary W Gilbert 


Lee Pellegrini 


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Annette Trivette 


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I wish there had been a sidebar 
to Suzanne Keating's delight- 
ful look at the students who 
comprise WZBC ["No com- 
mercial potential," Winter 
1999] — a list of what has hap- 
pened to some of my friends 
and co-workers who helped 
install the "fake wood panel- 
ing" that still adorns the cin- 
der-block studios. 

Our business manager Jim 
Healey 75 is executive vice 
president of TV and radio for 
the Boston Red Sox; former 
program director Len Deluca 
77 is senior vice president of 
programming development at 
ESPN; then-news director 
Rick Hampson 73, JD76 is 
on the staff of USA Today; and 
former general manager yours 
truly is a television news an- 
chor at WALA-TV in Mobile, 
Alabama. As you can see, we 
have all found some "commer- 
cial potential" of our own. 

Mobile, Alabama 

I enjoyed Suzanne Keating's 
article about WZBC im- 
mensely. WZBC is simply 
the gold standard for college 

For Boston College the sta- 
tion represents a fabulous op- 
portunity for students to learn 
about broadcasting and pro- 
gramming. The programming 
is intelligent, diverse, chal- 
lenging, and, above all, profes- 
sional. Some BC alumni feel 
proud when the Eagles win 
an athletic contest or when a 
prominent BC graduate is 
seen in a clever television 
commercial (as well they 
should). I feel proud when I 
tune into WZBC. 

Cambridge, Massach i/setts 

While I am sure the on-air 
and backroom personalities of 
the present staff of WZBC 
have been accurately portrayed 
in "No commercial potential," 
Ms. Keating shortchanged his- 
tory and my roommate Herb 
Scannel 79 in describing how 
WZBC changed. 

After Herb became general 
manager, in 1978, the culture 
more than the music changed 
at 'ZBC. There was no man- 
date to be anticommercial, but 
the staff were expected to 
challenge themselves. Blondie 
and Graham Parker became 
regulars on the playlists. Walk- 
ing through McElroy, one 
could hear Elvis Costello 
singing "Alison" while the 
production managers voice- 
over whispered "WZBC — our 
AM is true." The acceptance 
of New Wave was evident 
throughout campus. Our 
apartment was filled the night 
we had a party to celebrate 
Devo's appearance on "Satur- 
day Night Live." Human Sex- 
ual Response played to 
standing room only crowds 
twice at O'Connell House. 
Rock and roll reinvents 
itself on a regular basis. Thus, 
WZBC now plays "a blend 
of techno-punk-acid-jazz-pop- 
music." Herb Scannel is still 
the same. As the president 
of Nickelodeon Television, 
he still expects his staff to 
embrace his belief that the 
media are the creative cultural 
force as we approach the 


South Orange, New Jersey 

The profile of Nuala Ni 
Dhomhnaill ["Dramatis per- 
sona"] in the Winter issue was 

chock-full of insight about its 
subject. As the son of native 
Irish speakers from the Con- 
nemara Gaeltacht, I sound two 
cheers for her efforts at poetry 
in academic Irish. However, I 
detect the presence of that old 
straw man — the mean old 
Catholic Church in Ireland. 
We've had it from countless 
Irish scribblers, not to men- 
tion a slew of pop singers, that 
the triumphalist Catholic 
Church left Ireland a nation of 
sexually repressed pathetics. 
And I don't doubt that a politi- 
cally powerful clerisy in Ire- 
land lorded it over peasantry 
and townsfolk alike — preach- 
ing and enforcing Jansenist 
distortions of Catholic 
teachings regarding sexuality. 
But haven't we had enough 
of these bogeyman tales? Isn't 
it time for the Irish literati to 
focus their aim at the degrada- 
tion of sexuality as commodity, 
which is at the center of a 
crass, dis-enobled society? 
Irish writers, you have nothing 
to lose but your cliches! 

Dorchester, Massachusetts 

Readers of Paul Wilkes's 
"American scribe" [Winter 
1999] may be interested to 
learn that the original type- 
script and galley proofs of 
Thomas Merton's The Seven 
Storey Mountain reside in BC's 
Burns Library. They were 
given to the University by 
Francis Sweeney, SJ — another 
priest-poet — who received 
them from the monks of Geth- 
semani. The manuscript serves 
as the cornerstone of the 
library's Merton collection, 
which includes letters, 
photographs, publications, and 
other items. Visitors to the 

2 SPRING [999 

lbrary are welcome to examine 
the materials. 

Burns Library 


This letter must be brief, and 
so I will not list the litany of 
lumps my faith has taken in 
your publication. The Winter 
issue was the last straw. Paul 
Wilkes's piece on Thomas 
Merton, "American scribe," 
really tore it. 

Wilkes writes: "The 1940's 
triumphalist convert who had 
sought to experience God 
within a Trappist cloister had 
finally, for the first and what 
would also be the last time on 
earth, found that God. And 
in of all places, a Buddhist 
shrine — it was not at all what 
he had expected. It was not a 
Catholic God at all, but a far 
greater and all-encompassing 
universal presence." Am I 
misinterpreting Mr. Wilkes by 
concluding that in all of the 
times that Merton had re- 
ceived the sacraments, he had 
never found God there? And 
all these years of my life 
wasted praying to "a Catholic 
God." My God is not "the" 
God but only "a" God and a 
"Catholic God" at that. How 
deluded I have been when I 
thought I felt God's presence 
(the all-encompassing univer- 
sal presence) receiving the 
sacraments and participating 
in the sacred liturgy. 

Please cease sending me 
your magazine. In any case, 
I won't be home to receive it. 
I'll be on my way to a Bud- 
dhist monastery where I hope 
to find the "greater and all- 
encompassing universal 

West Dennis, Massachusetts 

I find it unbelievable that 
Boston College has a "recog- 
nized support group for gay 
and lesbian students" [Letters, 
Winter 1999]. Chaired by 
the dean for student develop- 
ment? With Jesuits also on 
the committee? Boston 
College has no business sanc- 
tioning this support group. 
These students should seek 
counsel and support elsewhere 
in the community. Am I the 
only alum who feels this way? 

Wbodbridge, Illinois 


The interview with President 
William P. Leahy, SJ ["Work 
in progress," Linden Lane, 
Winter 1999], was interesting 
but a Iitde disturbing. The 
comment that being judged 
"pervasively sectarian" could 
make Catholic colleges "ineli- 
gible for federal funding" 
struck me as a little odd. Trulv 
Catholic colleges should in- 
deed be "sectarian" in follow- 
ing the faith and practices of 
the Roman Catholic Church. 
As to federal funding, in the 
"old days," Catholic colleges 
were supported by the faithful 
and did indeed grow and 
prosper in spite of a lack of 
government funding. In these 
days of ever-diluted faith and 
unharnessed "questioning" 
of Church and God-provided 
precepts (and I confess 
Vatican II has "broadened" 
my thinking somewhat), it 
seems that too much emphasis 
is placed on the need for 
government funding to the 
detriment of Catholic 
theological and philosophical 

Goleta, California 

I work for The Visionaries, 
a nonprofit organization that 
produces a documentary 
series. The series, called 
Visionaries, is hosted by Sam 
Waterston and focuses on in- 
spiring individuals whose vi- 
sion, courage, and leadership 
have made a significant im- 
pact on their communities. 
Suzanne Keating's wonderful 
article on Jennie Chin Hansen 
["In the valley of the shadow," 
Fall 1998] proved she is a true 
"visionary." As a result, On 
Lok and Jennie Chin Hansen 
will be profiled in our sixth 
season, which begins this 
spring. An airdate for the 
show has not been scheduled, 
so check vour local listings. 
I hope this national exposure 
will assist On Lok in its mis- 
sion and will encourage others 
to follow Jennie Chin 
Hansen's lead. 

Braintree, Massachusetts 

Thank you for "The mystery 
of Magadalene" [Fall 1998] 
from Cullen Murphv's book 
The Word According to Eve. I 
teach the Bible to ninth 
graders at a Catholic high 
school. It is a difficult task as a 
teacher to honor both the 
questions the students aim at 
the texts and guide them to an 
understanding of the histori- 
cally conditioned nature of 
the Church. In a society that 
ignores subtlety and nuance, 
and allows little beyond 
stereotyped heroes and vil- 
lains to occupy its public 
arena, it is especially difficult 
for students to see that the 
stories they were told in their 
youth still have value. They 
are quite content to throw the 

baby out with the bathwater. 
That is why Mr. Murphy's 
article will be required read- 
ing for my students. Though 
his work will make difficult 
reading for most of them, 
there is always room in our 
curriculum for excellence, 
which is what he has given us. 

Austin, Texas 

The Winter issue arrived 
today, and I have devoured its 
contents: Thomas Merton — 
one of my cherished "friends" 
who are close to God — the 
poetry of Nuala Nf Dhomh- 
naill, the piece on Caravaggio. 
Thank you for giving BC 
and Newton College gradu- 
ates a real literary magazine. 
God bless you all. 

Hanover, Massachusetts 

I am a graduate student 
researching the origins of the 
LTndergraduate Government 
of Boston College (UGBC). 
Alumni who were involved in 
its founding are asked to con- 
tact me at (617) 552-0244 or 
by E-mail at 

School of Education 

Editor's note: Molly Meade '99 was 
misidentified in "After the storm" 
[Linden Lane, Winter 1999]. In 
addition, Meade collected some 
$20,000 for the victims of Hurricane 
Mitch from parishioners at St. John 
Fisher Church in Chicago. We regret 
the error. 

BCM welcomes letters from readers. 
Letters may be edited for length and 
clarity and must be signed to be 
published. Our fax number is 
(617) 552-7^^1, and our E-mail address 





Recruiter, mentor, confidant — Each fall Keith Francis '76 (center, rear) brings a bus full of Washington, 
D.C., high school students to campus for a recruitment weekend. 

One October evening, as a high wind howled, 30 teenagers — 
bedrolls and duffel bags tucked under their arms — made their 
way across O'Neill Plaza. From the top of the steps near 
Devlin Hall, Keith Francis 76 watched, standing with his 
arms folded and his bearing almost military. Laughter drifted 
his way. 

"Behave," Francis bellowed. "Yes, sir," came back a reply. 
Francis sighed. Having escorted 30 teenagers from Washing- 
ton, D.C., for an orientation tour of BC, he had done his 
part — for the moment. The potential applicants were here. 
Now the University would have to speak for itself. "I know 


that I received an excellent ed- 
ucation here," Francis said. "1 
believe in the place." And then 
he turned to go. But he had 
just begun to walk off when a 
melodic voice found him. "Mr. 
Fran-cis," it sounded. Bound- 
ing across die plaza came 
Khadijah Al-Amin-El. Francis 
squinted into the evening and 
grinned. "Enough of dlis 'Mr. 
Francis' stuff," he shouted. 
"You come over here and give 
me a hug." 

Keith Francis is the orga- 
nizing force behind a novel 
and independent recruiting 
program that helps bring un- 
dergraduate minority students 
to BC. For 10 years he has 
been visiting high schools in 
the District of Columbia and 
offering to take seniors on 
three-day trips to Chestnut 
Hill, where the students meet 
with campus officials, live with 
AHANA students, and check 
out die freshman coursework. 

Khadijah Al-Amin-El is the 
poised eldest daughter of a 
working-class family and 
one of Francis's successes. He 
found her at Potomac High 
School and brought her to 
visit BC in 1997. Now she is a 
freshman, the first person in 
her family ever to attend col- 
lege. She is one of many. In 
all, Francis's orientation trips 
have led 32 African-American 
students to enroll at BC. 

But Francis, a U.S. Justice 
Department senior intelli- 
gence analyst, is not at work 
on some sort of save-the- 
urban-student project. He sees 
his work as the reverse. U.S. 
census data show that 14 
percent of the nation's college- 
age population is African- 
American. But only about six 
percent of the nation's college- 
enrolled population is black. 

meaning schools that hope to 
diversify their undergraduate 
populations are competing for 
a too-small group of potential 
applicants. Francis starts 
rattling off the resumes of his 
latest group, which includes 
National Honor Society mem- 
bers, varsity athletes, scholar- 
ship winners, musicians. "First 
and foremost, the students I 
bring here are quality appli- 
cants, laden with a lot of cre- 
dentials," Francis says. "These 
aren't kids who need BC. 
These are kids BC needs. The 
kids I bring up are very talent- 
ed, gifted even. If they don't 
end up at BC, they no doubt 
will end up at one of our 

Like a ward politician, 
Francis finds these students the 
old-fashioned way — through a 
network of personal contacts at 
1 5 high schools. He canvasses 
the schools with Floyd McCro- 
ry '77, another Washington- 
based alumnus, and each fall 
secures lists of potential appli- 
cants from guidance counselors 
and administrators. Once 
selected, students attend three 
meetings in Washington for an 
overview of BC and a primer 
on how to apply. 

"If this sounds like work, it 
is," says Richard Escobar, asso- 
ciate director for AHANA and 
international admissions. But 
Escobar adds that Francis has 
a history of commitment to 
the University. "Keith has had 
a long and storied career vis-a- 
vis BC," Escobar says. "He 
doesn't care to mention it, but 
he's a Hall of Fame runner. 
And if there are other halls 
of fame, he should be in 
them, too." 

As an undergraduate Francis 
broke eight mid-distance 
running records at BC and 

competed in international 
events in China and in the So- 
viet Union. But he was also the 
first in his Cape Verdean family 
to attend college. He graduated 
from New Bedford High 
School, an urban public school 
not much different from the 
schools his recruits attend. 

"I had a childhood without 
the material comforts I might 
have liked, and I was exposed 
to a neighborhood where there 
was some poverty and drug 
abuse," he says. "What I faced 
was no different from what 
many blacks face growing up 
in this society. When the stu- 
dents get to know me, they 
realize or come to know that I 
have faced some of the same 
challenges they face." 

Francis's bus leaves Wash- 
ington on a Thursday morning 
in October and arrives in 
Chestnut Hill that evening. 
The teenagers spend the night 
in the dorms with current 
students. On Friday morning 
they visit classes with their 
hosts. Friday afternoon they 
attend panel discussions on 
admissions, financial aid, and 
AHANA issues. Friday 
evening there's a social event, 
Saturday, a home football 
game and a trip to Faneuil 
Hall. The group leaves around 
midnight Saturday, exhausted. 
"About two hours into the trip 
home all the chatter stops and 
you don't hear a word," 
Francis says. "Then the bus 
driver turns out the lights." 

Over the next months 
Francis's work continues. He 
assigns AHANA alumni, such 
as lawyers Doreen Cook '80 
and Roger Clark '88, to each 
student who hopes to apply. 
"As the student goes through 
the application, he or she will 
have a single alumni contact 

Mary Walsh 


An anonymous donor has given 
LSOE $250,000 to develop a plan 
for public schools in neighboring 
Allston and Brighton to play a more 
direct role in guaranteeing that 
families receive the social services 
needed to support student accom- 
plishment. Led by Professor Mary 
Walsh, BC researchers will work 
with community agencies and 
schools to coordinate services 
ranging from mentoring and tutor- 
ing to health care and housing, as 
well as job counseling and English 
classes for adult family members. 
The grant gives the researchers 
a year to tailor plans for each of 13 
schools; additional funding will 
be needed to put the programs 
into effect. 


Looking to provide a greater adult 
presence in undergraduate life, the 
University Housing Office and the 
Chaplaincy have installed six resi- 
dent ministers and four peer 
ministers — recent graduates of BC 
or other Catholic colleges — in 
student dormitories. In addition to 
arranging Masses and meeting 
with residence hall directors, dorm 
ministers are available for informal 
counseling. "The students are 
respectful and friendly, and drop in 
all the time to chat," said Chaplain 
Paula Norbert, a coordinator and a 
participant in the program. "I think 
they relish having an opportunity to 
develop a different kind of relation- 
ship with an older adult." 


Marilyn Cochran-Smith 


• Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith 

of the School of Education has been 
honored by the American Associa- 
tion of Colleges for Teacher Educa- 
tion with its Margaret B. Lindsey 
Award for Distinguished Research. 

• Theology Professor Thomas 
Croome has received the Emmaus 
Award from the National Associa- 
tion of Parish Catechetical Directors. 

• The National University of Ireland 
has bestowed an honorary degree 
on English Professor Adele 
Dalsimer, the codirector of BC's 
Irish Studies Program. 

• Assistant Chemistry Professor 
Marc Snapper is among three scien- 
tists nationwide named to receive 
the Claxo-Wellcome Scholar Award. 
The $40,000 grant from the phar- 
maceutical company will support his 
study of molecular synthesis in 
medicinal and other compounds. 

• Assistant Professor of Geology 
and Geophysics Gail Kineke is the 
recipient of a Career Award from the 
National Science Foundation. The 
grant of $457,000 over five years will 
fund research on estuaries. 

• The National Institutes of 
Health has awarded a four-year 
$850,000 grant to Associate 
Professor of Biology Thomas Chiles 
for his research on antibody- 
secreting "B" cells. 

who will act as an advocate 
and answer questions from 
parents and students," he says. 
"They call students, nudge 
them to get their applications 
in, and help them with the fi- 
nancial aid process." 

Persuading accepted stu- 
dents to enroll is not always 
easy. Inevitably, Francis says, 
African-American families 
bring up Boston's reputation as 
a racist city and BC's reputa- 
tion as a school for Boston's 
Irish — a community that has 
had a rocky relationship with 
blacks. Parents in particular 
ask about the busing battles of 
the 1970s; their children ask 
about a racist E-mail sent last 
fall to 13 AHANA students. 
"That one we handle head- 
on," Francis says. "It got na- 
tional headlines, but it was 
only what it was: a spiteful 
crime by one person or a small 
handful of people. There are 
people like that on almost 
every campus. These students 
will have to deal with that 

mentality whether they go to 
the University of Georgia or 
the University of Maryland." 

In spite of those obstacles, 
and competition from the likes 
of Brown, Howard, and the 
University of Virginia, each 
year Francis's program has met 
success. In 1997 three stu- 
dents — of 1 3 applicants — en- 
rolled at BC. In 1998 3(1 
students were on the bus; 2 1 
applied, and eight have been 

Other AHANA alumni 
have followed suit and created 
programs of their own. Darcel 
Clark '83, a University trustee 
and a Bronx district attorney, 
hosts events to congratulate 
accepted students from New 
York City. She also travels to 
Chestnut Hill with a group 
for late-spring visits. Boston 
real estate developer Donald 
Garnett '77 brings Boston stu- 
dents to campus and organizes 
an AHANA telethon to recruit 
accepted minority students. 

Al-Amin-El says without 

Francis's program, she would 
not be at BC. "I hadn't even 
heard of BC," she says. "I was a 
high school senior preparing to 
go to college, so I would go to 
everything. When I found out 
about Mr. Francis's program I 
signed up." She said his help 
was invaluable. "Mr. Francis 
would call my house every 
week, asking if I had written 
my essay or if I had turned in 
my application. He still checks 
up on me — he wants to know 
what my grades are." 

This fall Al-Amin-El re- 
turned the favor, volunteering 
to host some of Francis's re- 
cruits. After she left to catch 
up with her charges, Francis's 
satisfaction was evident. "I 
know I've done my job. I've 
assisted an AHANA student in 
arriving here and having an 
opportunity to make the best 
of it. I feel excited because I 
can identify the look on their 
faces that says, 'I'm OK, this is 
OK — and thank you.' " 

Siizamie Keating 


Freshman applications rise past 19,000 

The number of applications 
for admission to next year's 
freshman class has reached 
19,738, a new record for 
Boston College that eclipses 
die previous one by 18 per- 
cent. That record of 16,680 
applicants was established in 
1995. This year's figure also 
represents an increase of some 
2 1 percent over last year. 

Enrollment administrators 
also report significant gains in 

applications from AHANA 
and international students and 
from students outside New 

Administrators say the Uni- 
versity's decision to use a com- 
mon application form this 
year, one used by more than 
200 private universities, helped 
fuel the growth in numbers. 
But they believe the figures 
represent more than a one- 
year spike. "What's exciting is 

that we've seen an increase in 
the quality of applicants as 
well as die quantity," said 
Dean for Enrollment Manage- 
ment Robert Lay "That's a 
key point. We are not going 
after more applications just to 
get more applications." 

The University has com- 
mitted $260 million to acade- 
mic programs and resources, 
including financial aid. At the 
same time, Lay explained, BC 


has taken a more "hard-hit- 
ting, academic-oriented" 
approach in its marketing and 
publicity campaigns. 

"I think we're seeing a 
cumulative effect," said Un- 
dergraduate Admission Direc- 
tor John Mahoney, Jr. "So 
many things have been hap- 
pening over the last several 
years at BC and in the coun- 
try, and they're all converging 
now. Unquestionably, the 
University's drawing power 
has built up dramatically." 

One gauge of BC's popu- 
larity, Lay and Mahoney 
noted, has been a 35 percent 
increase in applications from 
California and similarly 
impressive gains in Michigan, 

hand-painted religious statuary to 
plastic dashboard Madonnas, 
the John J. Burns Library's 5,000- 
piece "Liturgy and Life Collection" 
preserves the range of devotional 
symbols that were likely to be 
found in Catholic homes from the 
turn of the century to the 1960s. 
Now the library has begun posting 
slides of its collection on the 
World Wide Web. The "visual 
archive" will be a resource for 
studying religion and the arts as 
well as Catholicism in America. 
According to Burns Archivist 
Ronald Patkus, the rosaries, scapu- 
lars, missals, and other objects 
"say a lot about the day-to-day 
spirituality of the average Catholic 
of the time." Some 200 slides 
have already been posted 
Burns/litartifacts.html. Patkus 
aims to have as many as 1,000 
slides on-line by the end of the 
year. "There's an incredible variety 
among these items," says Patkus. 
"We wouldn't want to include only 
the 'nice' things. We want a 
representative archive of what was 
actually used." 

Louisiana, Arizona, Georgia, 
and Colorado. 

In addition, international 
applications are up 33 
percent — a surprising figure 
given that the University does 
not formally recruit overseas. 
There has also been a 20 
percent increase in MiANA 
applicants, including 10 
percent among African-Ameri- 
can students — the fifth 
consecutive year that number 
has increased. 

The common application 
form allows students to submit 
photocopies of the same appli- 
cation to several institutions 
and to file them electronically. 
That innovation comes at a 
time when the national col- 

lege-age population, embold- 
ened by a strong economy, is 
more mobile and willing to 
consider a range of opportuni- 
ties, especially in Boston and 
other choice locations. 

Changes in admissions- 
related practices, such as mak- 
ing an effort to contact quality 
students toward the end of 
their junior year, have been 
effective as well. The Admis- 
sions Office has also replaced 
campus interviews with 
opportunities for contact with 
undergraduates and faculty. 
Mahoney said, "We've found 
that one of the best ways to 
present Boston College is to 
let our undergraduates do the 
talking for us." 

Hong Ding 

• Assistant Physics Professor Hong 
Ding has been recognized by the 
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with its 
research fellowship for promising 
young scientists. Ding will use the 
two-year $35,000 grant to study 
high-temperature superconductors. 

• The National Institutes of Health 
has awarded a four-year $1 million 
grant to Associate Biology Profes- 
sor Charles Hoffman for his study 
of how yeast cells regulate the ex- 
pression of genetic information. 

• Pediatric Nursing has bestowed 
its 1998 New Writers Award on 
Deborah Mahony, an assistant pro- 
fessor in the School of Nursing, for 
her article on neonatal drug expo- 
sure, written with former student 
Jane Murphy '96. 


O'Neill Library has made several 
catalogs of its Irish holdings avail- 
able on the Internet. Among them 
is a directory of the Galway Re- 
source for Anglo-Irish Literature 
(GRAIL), a microfiche set contain- 
ing more than 500 19th-century 
Anglo-Irish literary works. The 
GRAIL listings are accessible via 
the Online Computer Library Cen- 
ter, a database service found in 
many libraries. BC has also placed 
its catalog of more than 1 ,400 I rish 
newspapers, magazines, and schol- 
arly journals from 1865 t0 tne pres- 
ent on the Internet at 
edu/irishserials. Researchers must 
still come to BC to view the materi- 
als, but now more scholars will 
know where to find them. 



The magazine National Jurist has 
ranked the Law School fifth in the 
nation in the use of computer tech- 
nology. Law students at BC may 
register for courses and view their 
grades and student accounts on- 
line. In the school's new wing, stu- 
dents may plug in their laptops and 
gain access to Web-based legal 
tools at every seat. 


Promotions went to 16 faculty 
members this spring. Advancing to 
full professor were Richard Arnott 
(economics); Jushan Bai (econom- 
ics); Hiram Brownell (psychology); 
Dorothy Jones (SON); and Thomas 
Oboe Lee (music). Promoted to 
associate professor with tenure 
were Lisa Barrett (psychology); 
Claude Cernuschi (fine arts); Judith 
Clair (CSOM); Elizabeth Graver 
(English); Kent Greenfield (law); 
Edith Hotchkiss (finance); Ray 
Madoff (law); Irene Mizrahi (Ro- 
mance languages and literature); 
James O'Toole (history); Marc 
Snapper (chemistry); and Ziqiang 
Wang (physics). Tenure was also 
awarded to associate professors 
Stephen Borgatti (CSOM) and 
Daniel Kirschner (biology). 

The average cost of attending BC 
will increase by 4 percent next year, 
to $31,046 for tuition, fees, and 
room and board. The board of 
trustees approved a balanced bud- 
get of $420.6 million for the next 
fiscal year, a 6 percent rise. The 
budget includes an increase in 
student financial aid of $4.9 mil- 
lion, or 7.4 percent. It also assigns 
an additional $3.1 million to new 
faculty and academic support initia- 
tives and to new technology 
positions. BC's costs remain below 
the average of 35 competing 
colleges, according to the Office of 
Enrollment Management Research. 


U.S. News rates BC's law and education schools 

U.S. News ir World Report has 
included Boston College's 
schools of Education and Law 
in its recently published 
rankings of the nation's top 
graduate programs. 

The Law School was ranked 
27th, while die Lynch School 
of Education tied for 3 1st place 
in the survey, which covers the 
1997-98 academic year and 
was the main feature of the 
magazines March 29 edition. 

LSOE Dean Mary Brabeck 
said the school had improved 
its academic ranking by deans 
from 52nd in 1995 to 32nd in 

1998, and its rating among 
school superintendents has 
stayed in the top 20. The 
survey also shows that the pro- 
portion of applicants accepted 
into SOE graduate programs 
narrowed from 60 percent in 
1997 to 55.8 percent last year, 
and that external funding 
climbed from $4.4 million in 
1995 to $8.9 million in 1998. 

The Law School saw sever- 
al positive trends as well, ac- 
cording to Acting Dean James 
Rogers. Its selectivity rate 
(which combines admission 
test scores, the median under- 

graduate grade point average, 
and the proportion of appli- 
cants accepted as hill-time stu- 
dents) improved to 28.5 
percent last year. The rate 
of employment for BC Law 
students nine months after 
graduation climbed from 90 
percent to 93 percent. 

This U.S. News survey did 
not assess graduate programs 
in nursing or social work. The 
Graduate School of Social 
Work placed 1 4th in last year's 
report, while the School of 
Nursing ranked 24th in the 
magazine's 1997 rankings. 


New dean named at BC Law School 

Boston College has selected 
John H. Garvey, a professor at 
the University of Notre Dame 
Law School and a nationally 
renowned expert in constitu- 
tional law, to be the new dean 
of the Boston College Law 
School, effective July 1. Gar- 
vey will succeed James Rogers, 
who has been acting dean 
since 1998. 

In announcing the selec- 
tion, University President 
William R Leahy, SJ, praised 
Garvey as a man with the 
vision to direct BC Law into 
the new millennium. 

"John Garvey is a widely 
acclaimed scholar and an ac- 
complished teacher who cares 

John H. Garvey 

deeply about die important role 
that law plays in American soci- 
ety," said Fr. Leahy. 

Garvey has been a law pro- 
fessor at Notre Dame since 
1994. He was also a professor 
at the University of Kentucky 

College of Law for 14 years 
and a visiting professor at 
the University of Michigan 
Law School. 

A 1970 graduate of Notre 
Dame, Garvey received his law 
degree with honors from 
Harvard Law School in 1974. 
During his career he has been 
honored with several awards, 
including a fellowship from 
the National Endowment 
for the Humanities and a 
Danforth Fellowship at Har- 
vard University. 

Garvey has argued several 
prominent cases before the 
United States Supreme Court, 
including Karen Silkwood v. 
KciT-McGee Corporation. 

3 iPRK 


(for Robert) 

A teenager now, already it's hard 
for you to feel more than the practiced 
ironies and diffidence, too many 
hours already spent pretending 
you've seen it all, and repeatedly. 

An hour ago, I dropped a book 
and it fell open to this — only chance 
can speak to us. I thought of Picasso, 
of how he found his sculpture of a bull 
in the odd conjunctions ot a rubbish heap, 

an old bicycle seat lying near 
a rusted handlebar becoming the bull's 
head. I don't know if chance spoke 
to Picasso, or why, thinking of that 
happy accident led me to the night 

you were born. Your mother's water 
had broken and, driven by worry, 
the hospital two hours away, the road 
fogged-in and narrowed to what 
our car lights could dimly map, 

I almost drove over a baby rabbit, 
a distillate of rain and moon-shot fog, 
that formed suddenly out of mist, 
and brought us to a standstill. 
Your mother and I just sat there, 

forgetting ourselves and where we were, 
as slowly, and a little at a time, 
the rabbit became solid and actual: 

first the alert, twigged ears diamonded 
by rain-lit mist at each hair's tip; 

then the downy, crescent-shaped body 
poised on those nimble-muscled feet 
created for feints and dartings. 
So vulnerable and yet so completely 
at ease — only a rabbit, it took all 

our attention. As we sat there, 
we began to hear what was happening 
around us — the sluice-rush of water 
in a nearby brook and the fainter 
background simmering of raindrops 

in a fuchsia hedge touched by wind. 
Even a dog barking and the ping 
of rain on the car's metal roof 
seemed a completely new language. 
I can't explain why one incident 

triggers another or why, together, 
they become something else entirely. 
I'd like to call it the plenitude of 
the unintended. The truth is, 
I don't know if chance speaks or if 

the mind just cobbles together whatever 
it needs — but this world is full of 
accidental moments that can stop us 
in our tracks and wake in us again 
the strangeness we were born to. 

Robert Cording 

Robert Cording PhD '77 if a professor of English and poet-in-residence at Holy Cross College. His poems 
have been published in "The New Yorker, " "The Nation, " and other magazines, and in three books, the most 
recent of which is "Heavy Grace 1 " (Alice James, 1996). He lives in Woodstock, Connecticut. 





My alarm shakes my bed in the morning. Between my mat- 
tress and the bed frame is a disk about the size of a Frisbee 
that vibrates when the set alarm time arrives. That is how I 
have been waking up for as long as I can remember. I am deaf. 

When I was in preschool it was discovered that I have an 
irreversible hearing loss that has left me with about 30 per- 
cent of normal hearing capacity. I inherited the trait from 
my parents, neither of whom shows signs of deafness. The 
world I hear is mediated by hearing aids: through them I can 
experience things that hearing people take for granted, such 
as music, speech, television, and the sound of waves crash- 
ing against the shoreline. However, hearing aids do have 
their limitations. Because they lack a filtration system, they 
amplify all sounds, including pestering background noises. I 
sometimes have to strain to follow a conversation or a class 
lecture. When that happens I can ask that the person repeat 
what was said, and often they do. Yet, even that does not 
always solve the problem, leaving me feeling much like a 
confused child: "deaf and dumb." 

There are different kinds of hearing losses. The scale 
goes from moderate to severe to profound. You probably 

know someone with a moderate loss. It 
could be your grandfather who watches the 
television with the volume turned all the 
way up, or your uncle who works with 
heavy machinery and is always asking peo- 
ple what they are saying. The next level, se- 
vere, is the type of hearing loss I have. 
Without the assistance of hearing aids I 
cannot hear much of what your grandfa- 
ther or uncle hears. Finally, a person with a 
profound loss can barely hear even with the 
assistance of hearing aids. These people 
usually have a deaf accent, a nasal whine 
that is most prominent in the pronuncia- 
tions of ss and /s. In both cases the pronun- 
ciation of the sound requires a slight 
exhalation of breath. The exhalation is so 
slight that most deaf people can't hear it 
and therefore don't pronounce it. 

When I was in first grade I started 
taking speech classes to alleviate the prob- 
lem. For about 45 minutes a day I would sit 
across from my therapist, who would 
mouth words such as sidewalk, baseball, and fairway for me to 
repeat as best I could. Sometimes my therapist would place 
my hand directly in front of her mouth to make me feel the 
exhalations being made by the sound. I would then attempt 
to duplicate the same exhalation on my hand with my 
breath. It was a tedious process but a crucial one in my 
speech development. 

When I was younger, sign language was considered an 
option for me too. Some of my doctors even encouraged it. 
However, my parents felt that I should learn to communi- 
cate with hearing people as best I could, so my knowledge 
of sign is limited. Sign language is very similar to Eastern 
languages in that each sign represents an idea or an image 
rather than a word. The grammatical structure is drastically 
different from English. For this reason a lot of people who 
sign have a hard time writing. 

My friend is sitting across from me talking. We are in the 
Lower Campus Dining Hall during the dinner rush, and the 
sounds of silverware hitting plates and people talking over 
one another engulf us. I am completely engrossed in the 

. .(, |9<W 

conversation and yet I have not heard one word my friend 
has said. I have been reading his lips the entire time. My 
friend is not aware that I am not hearing what he is saying. 
Perhaps he notices that I look at him attentively, but he 
could consider that a sign of respect. Lip reading is some- 
thing that I taught myself a long time ago to cope with 
situations in which the background noise is overwhelming 
or I have to take my hearing aids out. 

When I was a kid I used to go to the neighborhood pool. 
I would swim with my friends as they talked to one another. 
In the water, without my hearing aids, I was completely cut 
off from the group. When I would attempt to interject my- 
self into conversations, my friends usually responded by 
shouting at me as loud as they could. Eventually I told them 
that they didn't need to do that, that I could read their lips 
if they looked at me when they spoke. They tested me, of 
course, by mouthing words and asking me to repeat what 
they had mouthed. When I complied, I became a celebrity. 
People still test me when I tell them I can read lips, and 
their reactions are not that much different from the reac- 
tions of my friends in the pool. 

Telephones are tricky. My hearing aids have switches that 
can cut out the background noise and amplify the sound 
coming from the receiver. Still, that is not always enough. 
Occasionally when I check my voice mail I hand my phone 
to a friend for a translation. The hardest thing about the 
phone, however, is the lack of a visual image. Because of my 
hearing loss I have a tendency to overuse my vision. I notice 

the smallest things in every visual image, and it is all too easy 
for me to become distracted. When I eat with my friends in 
the Lower Campus Dining Hall I am fighting not only to 
overcome the tumultuous background noise but also the tu- 
multuous scene. Over the phone I can't see a person, I can't 
read lips, and I can't observe body language, which often- 
times says more than words. For me these things are essen- 
tial to conversation. Even the voice I hear on the phone is 
not really the voice of the person I am talking to. It is medi- 
ated first through the receiver and then through my hearing 
aids. It sounds like a cheap tape recording. It scratches, it 
whines, it gurgles. I don't like talking on the phone. 

All things considered, typical conversation is something I 
do not take for granted. The same is true of music. As 
Frank Sinatra's voice resonates through my stereo, I thank 
God I can hear it. I have a deep passion for music. It can 
pick me up and calm me when I am anxious. When I listen 
to music, I can't simply listen to it; I have to feel it. I turn 
my stereo up louder than my roommate probably likes, and 
I am consumed by the vibrations each instrument makes, by 
the power of a voice, by the beauty of a harmony. Of course 
I don't hear every note, and God help whoever is around if 
I try to sing along, but I feel the power of sound. It rever- 
berates throughout my body. 

Michael Zitllo 
Michael Zitllo '00 is a philosophy major from Co/lingdale, 
Pennsylvania. This essay was written for a prose writing course 
taught by Andrea DeFusco. 


Bagert receives British award 

For the first time in 3 1 years, a 
Marshall Scholarship has been 
awarded to a Boston College 
graduate, Broderick Bagert '98. 

Bagert received a bachelor's 
degree in philosophy and 
English from the University 
last June. With the Marshall, 
which provides tuition, fees, a 
travel allowance, and a stipend, 
Bagert plans to study at 
Oxford University next fall. 

"Besides the great honor 
this scholarship represents, it 

puts me in a terrific position 
for my postgraduate work," 
said Bagert, who will study 
comparative literature in 
German and Spanish. "Having 
been at Oxford during my 
junior year, I know the modern 
foreign language program 
there allows a flexibility that is 
hard to find elsewhere. It's a 
wonderful opportunity to build 
on what I've done so far." 

Created by Parliament in 
1953 to express gratitude for 

U.S. economic aid after World 
War II, Marshall Scholarships 
are among the most competi- 
tive awards in academia and 
are on a par with Rhodes 
Scholarships, according to 
Political Science Professor 
Donald Hafner, director of the 
University Fellowships Com- 
mittee. Forty Marshall Schol- 
arships are given each year in 
the United States, as compared 
widi die 32 Rhodes awarded 
annually. Previous Marshall re- 

cipients include U.S. Supreme 
Court Justice Stephen Breyer 
and U.S. Secretary of the 
Interior Bruce Babbitt. 

"This is a signal achieve- 
ment for Broderick and for 
Boston College," said Hafner. 
"The Marshall program is ac- 
tually regarded as placing 
somewhat heavier emphasis on 
intellectual accomplishment 
than Rhodes, so those who re- 
ceive the scholarships are trulv 
outstanding young adults." 


Rushing to grace 

ANDRE DUBUS 1936-1999 

I spent five years working and learning 
about human nature at Boston College. 
One extraordinary moment of my tenure 
stands clear against the rest. 

It entailed a powerful silence, and it fea- 
tured a grinning, forceful, opinionated, 
prayerful, burly man named Andre Dubus. 
Dubus was one of the best-known and most 
respected writers of short fiction in the 
United States when he came to read in 
the Lowell Lectures Humanities Series. 
But he was more famous that year, perhaps, 
because of what had happened to him not 
long before on a highway north of Boston, 
the night he lost his legs and saved a 
woman's life and began to be, as he said later, blessed by 
being broken. 

Dubus had been driving home from Boston to Haverhill 
that night, late in July 1986, and he saw in front of him a car 
dead in the road, sitting unlit in the third lane of a four-lane 
highway. Dubus — who had been a captain in the Marines — 
stopped. The car's passengers were Luis and Luz Santiago, 
who had run over an abandoned motorcycle and were shak- 
en. Dubus led them to the side of the highway, where he 
planned to treat Luz for shock. Suddenly a car barreling 
north swerved to avoid the Santiagos' car. Luis was killed, 
Dubus's legs were shattered, but just before the car ham- 
mered him, he shoved Luz out of the way. 

Before that night Andre Dubus was a headlong, talented, 
tempestuous man who had five children and two divorces 
and seven books of fiction to his name. After that night he 
gained another daughter (born five months after the acci- 
dent), lost a third wife to divorce, published an eighth book 
of stories, endured 10 operations, and often wanted to die 
because of pain and sadness and a crippling sense of loss. But 
he didn't die. He learned to live in a chair. Lie opened a 
thousand letters from well-wishers. He received a 
MacArthur fellowship. And he struggled to write down, in 
stories and increasingly in essays, his conviction that God 
had granted him a wisdom of the heart far greater than the 
loss of his body. "My physical mobility . . .[has] been taken 
horn me; but I remain," he wrote. "So my crippling is a daily 
and living sculpture of certain truths: we receive and we 

£ lose, and we must try to achieve gratitude; 
I and with that gratitude to embrace with 
z whole hearts whatever of life that remains 


< after the losses. No one can do this 
alone. . . ." 

So when this man came to BC that 
night, and wheeled himself with startling 
speed and agility into Gasson Hall, and 
began to read his haunting "A Father's 
Story," about a car accident and a death 
and a father's extraordinary love for his 
daughter and God's extraordinary love for 
His children — all of us weak and capable 
of "the infinite possibilities of the human 
heart" — the crowded room was silent, the 
only sound his rough singsong drawl; and when he finished 
that aching story, which ends with a father talking nakedly 
to God about love, there was a long silent awed minute in 
that old stone hall and then a rising swell of noise for a very 
long time. I looked at Dubus and saw that he was grinning 
and that his face was covered with bright tears. 

"Since we are all terminally ill, each breath and step and 
day one closer to the last, I must consider those sacraments 
which soothe our passage," he wrote, and really all of 
Dubus's work, especially his later essays, are meditations on 
sacramental moments. "There are seven times seventy 
sacraments, to infinity," he wrote. "It is limiting to believe 
that sacraments occur only in churches, or when someone 
comes to us in a hospital or at home and anoints our brows 
and eyes and ears, our noses and lips, hearts and hands and 
feet. God is in me as He is in the light, the earth, the leaf. I 
am receiving sacraments with each breath. . . ." 

"Mere men, rushing to grace" is the last line of one of his 
essays, and a proper epitaph for Andre Jules Dubus, Jr., who 
died suddenly of heart failure this winter, in the house he 
loved high above the Merrimack River. May he rest in peace. 

Brian Doyle 

Brian Doyle, "BCM" 's senior writer from 1987-1991, is the ed- 
itor of ''Portland Magazine" at the University of Portland, in 
Oregon. Good introductions to Dubus s work are his "Selected 
Stories" (19S8) and his two essay collections, "Broken Vessels" 
(1991) and "Meditations from a Movable Chair" (1998). 

12 SPRING 1999 


BC buys a library of rarities 

The John J. Burns Library has 
acquired 30,000 rare books 
from a Jesuit library outside 
Paris, bringing BC what 
archivists describe as a "gold 
mine" of hard-to-find books 
and journals from the 1500s to 
the modern era. 

The volumes purchased 
from the Bibliotheque des 
Fontaines include centuries- 
old books on philosophy, 
theology, and history. "This 
acquisition fills in gaps in our 
collection that would be very 
difficult and very expensive to 
collect," said Burns Librarian 
Robert K. O'Neill. 

O'Neill went to the Biblio- 
theque des Fontaines last sum- 

MATCH POINT— Education stu- 
dent Sara Gordon 'oo (seated, left) 
gets acquainted with Trish Faggiano 
'62, a reading therapist at Massa- 
chusetts General Hospital, as part 
of Boston College Connections. The 
mentoring program links promi- 
nent alumnae with 23 female ju- 
niors and was launched on January 
22 at Alumni House. During the 30- 
month program, mentors and stu- 
dents will communicate at least 
twice a month on life and career is- 
sues. It was developed by the Task 
Force on Women and Boston Col- 
lege, an ad hoc trustee committee 
formed to strengthen alumnae rela- 
tions with the University. The task 
force is cochaired by Mary J. Steele 
Guilfoile '76 and Susan McMana- 
ma Gianinno '70, who is standing 
at left, talking with fellow University 
trustee Benaree Wiley. 

mer to buy 1,500 rare books. 
An unexpected windfall came 
when the French Jesuits decid- 
ed to close the library, and he 
was offered boxes upon boxes 
of books stored in the attic. "I 
didn't have time to take more 
than a brief look," O'Neill said, 
"but what I saw convinced me 
they were worth taking. I was 
given the opportunity to take 
everything or take nothing. I 
took everything." 

The books are being stored 
while they undergo processing, 
and cataloging the collection is 
expected to take years. The 
library's rare-book scholars say 
there are a number of gems in 
the collection. These include a 

1621 edition of the Old Testa- 
ment commentaries of 13th- 
century Dominican Hugh of 
St. Cher; the 225-volume run 
of the French journal Memoires 
par VHistoire des Sciences et des 
Beaux Aits from 1740 to 1750; 
religious studies by 17th- 
century monks; and editions of 
the French popular magazine 

While inspecting centuries- 
old documents governing the 
Jesuits' way of life, O'Neill 
found a letter dated 1762, bear- 
ing a red wax seal tucked inside 
a cover. "There are treasures 
hidden among these treasures," 
he said. "We can't begin to 
know what we'll find." 


Celebrating 20 years of service to 
underprivileged BC students, the 
Options Through Education Pro- 
gram (OTE) will hold a reunion 
this summer, sponsored by the Of- 
fice of AHANA Student Programs. 
OTE provides six weeks of sum- 
mer enrichment for disadvantaged 
students before their first year to 
prepare them for the academic rig- 
ors and social opportunities of col- 
lege life. More than 800 students 
have participated. The reunion is 
scheduled for July 29-August 1. BC 
is also planning a conference on 
student retention this fall. 


Following a tradition that began 
during spring break 20 years ago 
with four BC undergraduates and a 
station wagon, 460 students set 
out from campus in February to 
spend 10 days working among the 
poor as part of the Appalachian 
Volunteers program. Students 
raised close to $140,000 to sup- 
port the effort, which sent workers 
to 20 destinations from Maine to 
North Carolina. Volunteers 
camped on floors and joined in 
projects such as clearing land for 
new low-income housing. 


The School of Nursing has 
launched a two-year accelerated 
entry-into-nursing program 
designed for college graduates 
seeking a career change. Now in 
its first year, the program has 
enrolled 14 students whose educa- 
tional backgrounds range from 
religion to exercise physiology. 
Applicants must have some previ- 
ous coursework in the sciences 
and social sciences. Upon comple- 
tion of the program students earn 
a master's degree in advanced 
practice nursing and may apply for 
certification as nurse practitioners 
and clinical nurse specialists. 



Rather than accept two male 
students in her "Introduction to 
Feminist Ethics" course, Associate 
Professor of Theology Mary Daly 
has absented herself from the 
classroom, forcing the University to 
cancel her courses. Daly maintains 
that the presence of males inhibits 
class discussion. Her refusal to 
admit the young men "violates 
both federal law and her contractu- 
al obligation to Boston College," 
says Academic Vice President 
David R. Burgess. "Boston 
College's policy is that all of the 
University's educational resources 
are available to all students." 

EAGLE 911 

The BC Police Department has 
some new backup. Organized by 
junior Mark Ritchie, 21 students — 
all licensed Emergency Medical 
Technicians in their home states — 
have formed Eagle Emergency 
Medical Services. Volunteers are on 
call between 6 p.m. and midnight 
and are equipped with police 
radios, ID badges, and medical 
bags. The students assist police 
with medical emergencies ranging 
from sports injuries to diabetic 
seizures. All have been trained to 
give CPR, administer oxygen, and 
use a defibrillator. 


All the art, all the time 


With more than 2,000 members in 
its first year, the new Boston 
College Downtown Club located 
in Boston's financial district has 
proved so popular that applicants 
are now being offered places on a 
waiting list. Individuals sponsored 
by current members may pay 
the full initiation fee and partial 
monthly dues to join the list. The 
club is housed on the 36th floor 
of the BankBoston Building on 
Federal Street. The club offers 
meals, meeting space and special 
programs for members. 

"This is all about democratiza- 
tion," says art history professor 
Jeffery Howe. "It's about ac- 
cess." He types the name 
William Blake on the keyboard 
of a computer in his airy office 
in Lyons Hall, and instantly 
the 17 -inch screen fills with 
postage-stamp images of Blake 
drawings and engravings. The 
first — an engraving of The 
Beggars Opera belonging to 
the Art Gallery of Ontario — is 
identified as being "after 
Hogarth." "Now that's inter- 

esting," Howe says, double- 
clicking to enlarge the picture. 
In the 19th and early 20th 
centuries, college students 
learned about art history from 
the objects themselves. The 
most prestigious schools had 
equally prestigious museums, 
housing treasures their stu- 
dents could study up close. 
"Then," says Howe, "came the 
35-millimeter slide," which 
made it possible for students 
sitting in darkened lecture 
halls to see paintings and 

sculptures a world away. 

"When slides came in, the 
snobs said, 'Oh, no — you can't 
learn about art without seeing 
it firsthand!' " Howe says, 
grinning. "When this technol- 
ogy came in, there was the 
same suspicion." 

The technology he is refer- 
ring to is an on-line database 
of images from 26 major U.S. 
and Canadian art museums — 
including the Smithsonian, the 
Getty, the Frick, and the 
Whitney. The project, called 

14 5PB 

AMICO (Art Museum Image 
Consortium), is being tested 
this year at 20 colleges and 
universities. BC's involvement 
is the result of a collaboration 
between the history and fine 
arts departments. Howe and 
historian Mark O'Connor, 
who directs the A&S Honors 
Program, applied to develop 
an AMICO test site. Howe 
had experience using digitized 
images on Websites for his 
courses in 19th-century art 
and American architecture. He 
believes that computer access 
frees students to spend their 
time analyzing the art rather 
than photocopying pictures 
and gluing them onto index 
cards. "I don't see students 
getting all sweaty about mem- 
orization anymore," Howe 
says. "There's much less anxi- 
ety. ... In the fall midterms 
I noticed that students seemed 
more sophisticated in both the 
range and depth of examples 
that they used." 

O'Connor is using AMICO 
in conjunction with two grants 
the History Department 
received from the University 
this year to help create an 
Honors Program Website on 
Martin Luther's The Freedom of 
a Christian. To demonstrate, 
O'Connor slips behind the 
paper-covered desk in his of- 
fice, a windowless Gothic den 
adjacent to the Honors Li- 
brary in Gasson Hall. While 
he accesses the Internet, he 
talks quickly: "Students see 
Luther as intensely intellectu- 
al, but they wonder, 'What 
made a Reformation? What 
was the emotional spark?' 
It's all about Luther's free act 
in translating the Bible." As 
the site loads, O'Connor 
quotes Milton's Areopagitica: 

"Many there be that complain 
of divin Providence for suffer- 
ing Adam to transgresse, fool- 
ish tongues! when God gave 
him reason, he gave him free- 
dom to choose, for reason is 
but choosing." 

The image of a woodcut 
from Diirer's Passion series 
takes shape on the screen 
while O'Connor discusses 
Bach's St. Matthew Passion. "A 
colossal work, no parallel in 
Bach's time," he says, "three 
and a half to four hours, de- 
pending of course on how fast 
it's performed." O'Connor ex- 
plains that his technical assis- 
tant has just found software 
that enables them to link to 
particular snippets of the 
Passion — for instance, the 
deeply dissonant passage in 
which the mob calls for Jesus' 
death. In the woodcut O'Con- 
nor points out a similar disso- 
nance, created ironically by 
Diirer's inaccurate perspective 
drawing, a skill he learned 
later in Italy, O'Connor notes. 
It is this dissonance, this dis- 
comfort, that O'Connor wants 
his students to feel: "Students 
experience this on their own 
and then come in to class both 
puzzled and ready to talk." 

When AMICO opened its 
test bed sites this year the 
library comprised 20,000 im- 
ages; organizers hope to 
double that number by next 
year, when the site will start 
taking other universities as 
subscribers. By its fifth year 
AMICO is expected to have 
250,000 scans on-line. As a 
point of reference Howe 
explains that the Fine Arts 
Department slide library con- 
tains about 100,000 slides. "To 
create a library the size of 
BC's from scratch would cost 

about $1 million," he says. 
"And that doesn't include the 
cost of a slide librarian or 
housing and maintaining 
the collection." 

Will the easy accessibility 
of digital ghost images replace 
for this generation the harder- 
won visceral pleasures of 
studying a painting's brush 
strokes or reading a rare book 
in the original form? "We have 
students who want everything 
to be on-line," University 
Librarian Jerome Yavarkovsky 
admits. "But on-line access 
doesn't obviate the value of 
going to source material. A 
photograph of an oil painting 
is never going to be an oil 
painting." His goal is to pro- 
vide students with dorm-room 
access to as many Internet 
research tools as possible and 
then to lure them back into 
the stacks to investigate the 
real thing. 

O'Connor agrees: "The 
point of Honors is reading the 
books themselves." Then he 
lights up, as if by an urgently 
pressing new idea. "One of the 
things I'd love my students to 
see is Bach's manuscript of the 
St. Matthew Passion. I've never 
seen it myself, but I've heard 
it's in color — that Bach penned 
the voice of Christ in red ink." 

Multimedia, it seems, has 
been here before. 

Charlotte Brace Harvey 

Editors note: The Honors 
Program s Freedom of a 
Christian Website is at 
edu/bc _org/avp/cas/ashp/ 
ocovnor/freedom. The AMICO 
library is available only to mem- 
bers of the University community, 
who can reach it through the BC 
library page at 
org/avp/ ulib/bclib .html. 

John Michalczyk 


Film Studies has been a popular 
minor in the College of Arts and 
Sciences since 1982. Starting next 
fall, students will be able to pursue 
this interest as a full-fledged major. 
The 12-course curriculum will cover 
American and foreign film history, 
theory and criticism, and photogra- 
phy. Anchoring the program will be 
Professor John Michalczyk, a docu- 
mentary filmmaker; Professor 
Richard Blake, SJ, a film historian; 
Professor Pamela Berger, a writer 
and director of feature-length films; 
Adjunct Assistant Professor 
Charles Meyer, whose specialties 
are sound work and photography; 
and part-time faculty member 
Cindy Kleine, an independent film- 
maker. With about 50 students 
currently minoring in the field, the 
faculty expects 10 or 12 student 
majors the first year. 


The 1999 football season will kick 
off September 4 at home when the 
Eagles play the Baylor Bears. Other 
home matchups will feature North- 
eastern on October 2, Pittsburgh 
on October 16, Miami on October 
23, and West Virginia on November 
13. Away games are set for Septem- 
ber 18 at Navy, September 25 at 
Rutgers, October 9 at Temple, Oc- 
tober 30 at Syracuse, and Novem- 
ber 20 at Notre Dame. The regular 
season will wrap up on November 
26 with a game at Virginia Tech. 



Hispanic Outlook, a magazine de- 
voted to education-related topics, 
has cited BC among its picks of 
U.S. colleges and universities. The 
selection was made on the basis of 
government statistics, anecdotal 
evidence, and surveys completed 
by the institution pointing to a 
high level of success among His- 
panic students. 


The Fulbright Commission of Ire- 
land has announced two scholar- 
ships that will send Irish citizens 
to explore their native dance and 
music in the Irish Studies Program 
at BC. The management company 
of the Riverdcmce stage production 
will sponsor a Riverdance Fulbright 
Scholar in the Theater Depart- 
ment, and an Irish recording com- 
pany, Claddagh Records, is 
sponsoring a performer of tradi- 
tional Irish music in the Music 
Department. The scholars will fol- 
low curricula of their own design 
for one academic year and receive 
$10,000 to $15,000. 


• Edward M. Keady, an officer in 
the Boston College Police Depart- 
ment since 1980, on January 15, 
1999, at age 46. 

• Samuel J. Miller, a member of the 
history faculty from 1952 to 1986, 
on January 30, 1999, at age 79. 

• Antoun Ghantous '94, an HVAC 
mechanic in Buildings and 
Grounds since 1985, on February 
22, 1999, at age 61. 

• Rabbi Murray Rothman, a part- 
time member of the theology 
faculty since 1979, on January 28, 
1999, at age 77. 

• Joseph M. McCafferty '41, a 
member of the English faculty 
from 1948 to 1995, on March 24, 
1999. at age 79. 

• Jerzy Turowicz LHD'89 (Hon.), 
on January 27, 1999, at age 86. 


Student entrepreneurs market technological relief from legal tedium 

Hexamer (left) JD'99 and Boesel JD'99 

It was 10 P.M. one night in the 
first year of his joint JD/MBA 
program at BC when Mark 
Hexamer finished composing 
die text of a brief for his "Legal 
Reasoning, Research, and Writ- 
ing" course. He thought he'd 
clean up some details and dien 
get a good night's sleep. Eight 
hours — and 10 pages — later he 
was finally done. The details 
he'd been toiling over were the 
arcane language and punctua- 
tion of legal citations. Hexamer, 
28, has since signed on with 
classmate Greg Boesel, 29, to 
produce software that both say 
will cut the time and tedium of 
legal citing in half, not just for 
law students but for lawyers 
and their staffs. Between classes 
last spring, they formed a com- 
pany — Sidebar Software, head- 
ed by Boesel — to market 
Citelt!, their novel product. 

Legal citations re- 
semble footnotes but 
carry more weight. 
They generally ap- 
pear within the body 
of a text. In legal 
briefs and documents, 
it is rare to encounter 
a sentence that is not 
followed by a citation; 
a prudent lawyer 
will tag on as many as 
four to show that a 
statement embodies a 
well-established point 
of law. The standards 
for constructing cita- 
tions are laid out in a 
mind-numbing, 365- 
page volume entitled 
The Bluebook: A Uni- 
form Syste7ii of Citation. In the 
Bluebook, every conceivable 
source — from state statute to 
Web page — is assigned unique 
formatting rules. Most rules 
come with exceptions. Some 
standards seem idiosyncratic. 
(Hawaii, for instance, must be 
abbreviated Haw.) And when a 
citation is repeated, the rules 

Citelt! takes raw citation 
data and applies the Bhtebook's 
rules automatically. It can in- 
sert citations into the text as 
the author writes, or the job 
can be done later by a parale- 
gal or secretary. Citelt! can 
also generate a table of author- 
ities (bibliography) and in- 
cludes some database features. 

Although their product is 
still in development, Boesel 
and Hexamer say they've re- 
ceived more than 1,200 

inquires drawn from a 
trade show booth, advertise- 
ments, and notices in the mag- 
azine Law Technology. The 
potential market is sizable. 
U.S. lawyers are expected to 
number more than 1 million 
next year and law students, 
140,000. Boesel and Hexamer 
have added two classmates to 
Sidebar's executive ranks, 
and the company's advisory 
board is heavily weighted with 
BC faculty. 

Boesel and Hexamer com- 
pleted their BC studies last 
December. They look back on 
their hectic schedule as student 
entrepreneurs as "something 
we had to get dirough." Says 
Hexamer, "We worked hard in 
school, but we knew who our 
employer was going to be, so 
we weren't necessarily going for 
the 3.6 average." Instead, says 
Boesel, "we tailored our class 
load to help us with Sidebar. 
We didn't take 'Evidence.' We 
did take 'Copyright and 
Corporate Finance.' " 

Boesel and Hexamer expect 
Citelt! to be available to cus- 
tomers this spring. Meanwhile, 
they are collecting ideas for 
Citelt! 2 and brainstorming 
about other products outside 
the legal business. "I'm excited 
about Citelt!," says Hexamer. 
"But I don't necessarily have 
a love for citations. We're con- 
fident we'll come up with 
other things." 

Anna Marie Murphy 

Murphy is a freelance write?' 
living in Medfield, Massachusetts. 




Curse, consummation, art, torment, glory, 
intoxicant, paradox-work is our story. 



& Rollie 


A in In an old family snapshot taken 

I , when I was just learning to walk, I 

mtrOQUCtlOn stand stiff _ legged? suspe nded be- 

tween my two grandfathers, who tilt 
toward each other to grasp my fingers. For this ceremonial walk 
down the asphalt, both men wear dark neckties, starched white 
shirts, creased trousers. Their broad grins radiate pride at this inter- 
generational accomplishment: I was their first grandchild. 

On the left is Granddaddy, my father's father, who died shortly 
after that picture was taken. The major thing I know about Grand- 
daddy is that he never took a day's vacation in his life. 

Family legend depicts him as one of three brothers who grew up 
comfortably in Catonsville, Maryland, attended boarding school 
outside Philadelphia, and then went to Harvard University, where 
they received a gentleman's education. 

18 SPRING 1999 

Granddaddy and his brother Bart played tennis, 
and I recall as a teenager being taken to the Ten- 
nis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, to 
see an award with their names on it. Doubles 
partners, in old photographs they appear wiry, 
with winning smiles, boys heading into manhood 
without a clue. 

The family was not inordinately wealthy — my 
great-grandfather was co-owner of a small company 
that made custom machine parts, but my father says, 
with a hint of derision, that Granddaddy never 
expected to work. When his mother pressed him to 
get serious about a career after college, he respond- 
ed airily, "Why go to work as long as Father has 
his health?" 

A few years later my great-grandfather died. 
Granddaddy and Uncle Bart speculated in the stock 
market with their inheritance, investing heavily in a 
company that made fake-brass wall fixtures out of 
ceramic. They lost everything in the crash, and 
under the stress Granddaddy had a heart attack. 
When he had recovered he took a job selling appli- 
ances and then sold fences when World War II 
created a demand for fencing around defense 
plants. He worked Saturdays and Sundays and was 
so shaken by the pressure of an overnight trip to 
Philadelphia to quote a big job that he took up 
smoking after having quit several years earlier. "I 
believe that was the only night he spent away from 
Mother," my father recalls. 

For Granddaddy, I imagine going to work each 
day must have felt like piling sandbags against an 
imaginary tidal wave, a panicky effort to fend off a 
storm far over the horizon. 

My mother's father, whom we called Rollie, 
came from another world entirely. His own father 
had gone west seeking mining work and had left my 
great-grandmother, then-pregnant, with her broth- 
er on a ranch in Montana, promising to send for 
her and the baby when he'd found a job and a place 
to live. But the uncle deceived my great-grand- 
mother, persuading her that she and her infant son 
had been abandoned. She was hospitalized with de- 
pression, and my grandfather was raised by his aunt 
and uncle in conditions he described as slave labor. 
When there was farm work to be done, it was he 
who was kept home; his cousins' education was not 
to be interrupted. 

So at 14 Rollie ran away. I was in my twenties 
when I first heard him describe that escape: fording 

a stream to throw off the dogs with which his uncle 
chased him, sleeping under a railroad bridge, find- 
ing his mother in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rollie 
got himself a night job at Western Union and went 
to school by day. "I made myself a promise that 
I'd never work another day with the sun on my 
back," he told me. He studied for two years at the 
University of Nebraska before deciding he'd 
learned all he needed: How to hold a fork and knife 
was the main thing, he said, and that he learned in 
a fraternity. 

Operating telegraph equipment, he learned to 
repair the machines, which led to a job fixing type- 
writers and then selling typewriters and Whitman's 
chocolates and, eventually, surgical supplies. Rollie 
rose through corporate hierarchies until he was 
head of Johnson & Johnson's hospital-supply divi- 
sion. He was only five foot eight, and since the 
Johnson executives all topped six feet he figured 
he'd never make president. So he went to work for 
a competitor, where he reached his goal — the top. 
Unlike many of his generation, he rode each com- 
pany's corporate elevator just as far as it would take 
him, and when he determined that the ascent had 
stopped, he got off. He was a company man only as 
long as he was rising. 

When Rollie began suffering from angina in his 
fifties, his doctor told him he had to quit. I re- 
member his response clearly: "I'm not going to 
spend the rest of my life planting pots of petunias." 
Better pushing up daisies. 

If work represented a trap for Granddaddy, for 
Rollie it spoke of freedom. His life embodied the 
American Dream, and it was through working that 
he found his voice, his gait, himself. Work was the 
means by which he entered the world, found a 
community to which he might contribute, and 
made his mark. As he rose into management, he 
was no longer merely selling but leading the devel- 
opment of new products: catheters that prevented 
men from bleeding to death during prostate 
surgeiy, others that made angioplasty possible. 
When he retired he was president. It wasn't until 
Rollie was in his eighties that he spoke to me about 
the meaning of work. His code was simple: Leave 
the world a better place than you found it. I suspect 
he died content. 

That some work is bondage and other work is 
liberation is at the heart of the discussions and es- 
says that follow in these pages. 



Hands to work 


After nearly 30 years of living in 
town and hankering for the coun- 
try, my wife and I bought a few 
acres of land bordering a state for- 
est in southern Indiana, with visions of camping out there on weekends 
among the hawks and creeks and deer. The only attraction on the land not 
put there by nature was the shell of a building that we thought we might 
fix up into a cabin. The previous owners had raised the frame of two-by- 
fours on a concrete slab, roofed it 
over, and covered the outside with 
loosely nailed planks before run- 
ning out of money or patience or 
both. By the time we bought the 
place the shingles and planks had 
begun to curl, wasps had built nests 
under the eaves, and spiders had 
claimed every corner. Still, Ruth 

and I saw possibilities in that forsaken shell. We did 
not want anything fancy, just a place where we could 
rest our legs and take refuge from wild weather, with 
lights and water and heat and a view of the woods. 
I fooled myself into thinking I could fix up the 
cabin myself, as if I were still 25 years old with a be- 
ginner's job and energy to spare. I looked forward 
to sawing and hammering, wiring, and plumbing. 
But I was 50 when we bought the place, devoured 

daily by my job, short on energy and time. Two 
years passed. Ruth and I barely managed to clean 
out the shell of the building without making a start 
on renovation. So it was clear that we would have 
to hire carpenters if the job were ever going to get 
done, and it was equally clear that we should hire 
the two men, Deryl Dale and Steve Neuenschwan- 
der, who had done fine work for us at our house in 
town. Deryl writes songs and reads books for 
recreation, while Steve favors hang gliding and 
rock climbing, but when they're on the job both 
men apply themselves to wood or drywall or tile 
with intelligence and skill. 

They started on the cabin this past October, 
while maples on the ridge out back glowed scarlet 
and laggard geese honked across the sky heading 
south. It's now late January, with our part of Indiana 
thawing from a siege of ice, and just yesterday I saw 
my first geese of the season beating their way north. 
For the past four months I've gone out to the cabin 
every spare moment, to deliver materials, to discuss 
plans, to heft a hammer or a paintbrush, or simply to 
watch Deryl and Steve work. I watch them as one 
who admires any work carried out with devotion 
and craft, but also as one who dreamed for a spell in 
childhood of becoming a carpenter. 

20 SPRING 1999 

Early in his marriage my father built fur- 
niture for a living, mainly chairs and beds — because 
everybody likes to sit down, he told me, and every- 
body has to sleep. Then after Hitler's war put an 
end to that job, he kept a wood shop in the base- 
ment or garage of every house he lived in for the rest 
of his days. While I was growing up I spent hundreds 
of hours with my father in one or another of those 
cluttered shops, learning the use of tools, breathing 
sawdust. I listened to him sing snatches of old songs, 
and I picked up dozens of the sayings that he mut- 
tered, like incantations, over wood: Were you born 
that way, or did you just grow crooked? Come on, 
now, you were cut to fit there and you know it. "Let 
me see," said the blind man — and he picked up his 
hammer and saw. 

Time and again I watched my father turn piles 
of lumber into tables, closets, jewelry boxes, stools. 
When I learned in Sunday school that Jesus was 
a carpenter, like his father, Joseph, I thought I un- 
derstood at least this much about those long-ago 
mysterious figures out of the Bible: understood how 
their ears rang from the hammering, how their eyes 
watered from the dust, how their fingers gripped the 

worn handles, how they rejoiced in making some- 
thing useful. As an apprentice to my father I worked 
my way up from sweeping the floor to whittling toy 
boats, from turning walnut bowls on a lathe to cob- 
bling together doghouses out of scrap. 

One summer during high school I got my first 
chance to help build real houses, when a local con- 
tractor hired me for his crew. At first I dug trenches 
for footers, mixed mortar, carried lumber for other 
people to cut and nail. In the evenings I lay down 
with the weight of stubborn matter aching in my 
bones. Over the course of that summer the contrac- 
tor taught me how to imagine every step of 
construction, from a hole in the ground to a finished 
house, and he began teaching me how to build what 
I had imagined. To finish those lessons in carpentry 
would have taken far more than a summer. By Au- 
gust I had learned enough to lay out a wall of studs 
and plates, to plumb a window or shingle a roof. 
Years later I would need every bit of that knowledge 
to help finish the house in which my parents retired; 
I would need it to restore the run-down house that 
Ruth and I bought in town, and then to repair the 
house mv mother bought near us after my father 


Work does indeed become toil when the 
ground is cursed — when the conditions in 
which we labor are grudging or bleak, when 
there is no joy in the effort, when there 
is no hope. Only when there is a margin of 
security and ease can you labor without fear. 
Only then can you freely express through 
work your gratitude and joy. 

died; and I need that knowledge now to help Deryl 
and Steve turn die empty husk of a building on our 
land into a cabin full of grace and light. 

While I never became a carpenter, I learned a 
great deal about the meaning of good work from 
building houses and helping my father in his shop, 
and I carried those lessons with me into the trade 
I did eventually take up, that of writing. I came to 
believe that a writer, like a carpenter, ought to make 
useful and durable things, with a respect for mate- 
rials and craft, and with an eye for beauty. As in 
carpentry, so in writing one ought to make tight 
joints and clean lines, avoiding showy ornaments 
and cheap tricks. No matter how polished the sur- 
face of your work, there ought to be substance 
underneath. What you build ought to last, bearing 
up under rough weather and the abrasion of time. 

You ought to give to the work the best you have, 
without holding back, and the work ought to give 
you in turn the pleasure of exercising your full 

strength and knowledge and skill. 

Although carpenters often build dwelling places 
for strangers, and writers make books for people 
they will never meet, both writing and building 
are more satisfying if you know, or at least imagine, 
those who will inhabit your house or your book. 
Deryl and Steve always practice their art for 
owners with whom they can talk. With Ruth and 
me they talk about everything from the roofline of 
the cabin to the baseboard trim. Do we want a 
porch out front so we can sit and watch the mead- 
ow bloom? Shouldn't we side the cabin with 
cedar rather than vinyl, so it will blend into the 
forest? Where should we put the woodstove? Oak 
or maple for the floor? How high the bookshelves? 
How wide the doors? And so, by talking and listen- 
ing, Deryl and Steve bear in mind the people 

who will use their handiwork. In the 
same way I bear in mind an audi- 
ence as I write — I think of my 
family and neighbors and friends, 
I think of my students, I think of 
people whom I've met on my travels, 
I think of writers living and dead 
whose books have nourished me. 
They are my cloud of witnesses. 
Hoping that the words I lay down 
will speak to them, I write with a 
feeling of responsibility and love. 

When I consider what makes any 
work satisfying, I'm guided by the 
example of carpentry as much as by 
that of writing. If work is going to 
fill our souls and not merely our bank accounts, then 
it should serve a real human need. It should offer 
nourishment or shelter, for example, knowledge or 
consolation instead of gimmicks or gadgets or sops 
for our vanity. Good work leaves the world enriched 
and not diminished. It honors raw materials — wood 
or words, petroleum or steel — by using them spar- 
ingly and honestly. It permits us to imagine the 
whole of a task, from beginning to end, and then to 
carry it through, either alone or in cooperation with 
others. By inviting us to give ourselves entirely to the 
task, it relieves us for a time from egotism and greed. 
Good work allows us to express our beliefs as well as 
our talents, and thus to play our small part in sus- 
taining the Creation. 

I don't claim always to fulfill those ideals in 
my own work, but only to aim at them. That's what 
ideals are for, after all — to give us targets for our 
labors and longings. The word in the Greek New 
Testament most often translated as sin is hamartia, 
which means to miss the target, as when an arrow 
flies askew. Of course one may practice any trade 
in a slapdash way. I've met my share of lazy carpen- 
ters and sleazy writers. But at least in building 
houses and books, there is always the possibility of 
finding meaning in your work. The same cannot be 
said about many jobs in factories and offices, jobs 
that deal in shoddy goods, squander the earth's 
bounty, break the back or spirit of the worker. If 
you defend tobacco companies from lawsuits, or 
spot-weld fenders on gas-guzzling cars, or shuffle 
papers in a business devoted to trivial pursuits, or 
design advertisements for junk, or gamble on the 
securities market with other people's money, or cut 
down old-growth timber for pulp, or haul useless 

22 SPRIM, l'' 1 ' 1 ' 

merchandise from town to town, you may lie down 
at night and wonder whether you've done the earth 
more harm than good that day. 

If you seek liberation, according to the Buddha, 
then you must practice right livelihood. The Shak- 
er visionary Mother Ann Lee put the same advice 
in a memorable phrase: "Hands to work, hearts to 
God." Dorothy Day called on those who joined her 
in the Catholic Workers movement to act out 
through their labor the gospel injunctions — love 
your neighbors, feed the hungry, house the home- 
less, comfort the suffering. How you provide the 
necessities of life, for yourself and for those who 
depend on you, is a spiritual matter. It is as impor- 
tant to earn your livelihood in a worthy manner as 
it is to meditate or pray. In fact, right livelihood is 
a kind of prayer, a way of acknowledging our gifts 
and sharing our talents. 

The advice that we make of our work a spiritual 
act would seem to be at odds with God's famous 
curse in the book of Genesis. For having eaten of 
the forbidden fruit, God tells Adam: 

Cursed is the ground because of you; 

in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 

thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you; 

and you shall eat the plants of the field. 

In the sweat of your face 

you shall eat bread 

till you return to the ground, 

for out of it you were taken; 

you are dust, 

and to dust you shall return. (Genesis 3:17-19) 

But notice that God curses the soil, not the 
labor. Work does indeed become toil when the 
ground is cursed — when the conditions in which we 
labor are grudging or bleak, when there is no joy in 
the effort, when there is no hope. Those are the 
conditions often faced by the poor in our own 
slums and trailer parks, and in entire nations where 
the swelling human population exhausts the carry- 
ing capacity of the land. There is nothing uplifting 
about work if you are struggling to survive. Only 
when there is a margin of security and ease can you 
labor without fear. Only then can you freely express 
through work your gratitude and joy. 

Sweat alone does not make work a misery. 
I've sweated plenty while building houses or romp- 
ing with children or discing gardens or gathering' 
hay, and savored my labors nonetheless. Digging 

comes to mind because I've done a lot of that out at 
the cabin these past few months. I helped Steve dig 
a trench where he and Deryl could pour the footers 
for a porch, because Ruth and I decided we like the 
prospect of sitting out front and watching the 
meadow bloom. I excavated for a septic tank. I dug 
a pit under the edge of the cabin so that a new water 
pipe could be brought in below the frost line. In the 
fall I planted pines along the gravel drive, and then 
in early January I sweated again on a subzero day 
while hacking a hole in the ground to plant our 
Christmas tree. 

Mostly when I steal away to the cabin, however, 
it's to go inside and do various low jobs on the 
fringes of the high art practiced by Deryl and Steve. 
I tear off crooked boards, pull wires through walls, 
stuff insulation, install lights. Now and again I 
get to swing a hammer or run the snarling miter 
saw. When nothing else needs doing I sweep the 
floor — the job I started with 40-some years ago in 
my father's shop. And when all the sawdust and 
scraps have been picked up, I lean on my broom 
and watch Deryl and Steve. They stare long at a 
problem, consult with each other, draw sketches, 
measure twice and three times, and when they fi- 
nally commit themselves to changing a roofline or 
hanging a door, the results delight the mind and 
eye. They build as if this cabin were no mere refuge 
for the Sanders clan, but as if they themselves 
expect to live in the midst of their handiwork for 
the rest of their days. 

Today Deryl and Steve began work on a stairway 
leading up to the partial second floor. When fin- 
ished, the risers and treads, skirt boards and trim will 
form an elaborate puzzle made of dozens of pieces of 
oak. Every piece must fit exactly if the stairs are to 
join without gaps or blemishes or squeaks. Before 
they make the first cut, Deryl and Steve build the 
whole stairway in their minds. In years to come I'll 
think of them whenever I climb those stairs, when- 
ever my family and friends and I use the cabin, just 
as I think of them now as I hammer these letters onto 
the page. Their careful, skillful, scrupulous work is a 
standard for me to measure by as I try to make lines 
with words that are as plumb and true as the lines 
they make with wood. 

Scott Russell Sanders is the author of more than a dozen 
books of fiction and nonfiction, including, most recently, 
"Hunting for Hope" (Beacon Press, 1998). For his work 
in nonfiction he has won a Lannan Literary Award, a 
Great Lakes Book Award, and other honors. He teaches 
at Indiana University, in Bloomington. 


ENTRY level 

The view from 
the start 

expectations of work changed since 
work would you do if you no longer 
conversations with Suzanne Keat- 
ing excerpted here, eight young 
alumni talk about the meaning of 
work in their lives. 

THE WRITER david Mclaughlin '95 has 

scrubbed hallways as a hospital orderly and mixed Manhat- 
tans for the Harvard Square crowd. Today he is a restaurant 
manager 35 hours a week. For another 35 hours he pursues his 
passion: writing. To date McLaughlin has written a play, "Cod 
Willing," which ran for 17 nights in a Somerville, Massachu- 
setts, bar and coauthored the screenplay "Southie," which 
won the Seattle Film Festival's award for best picture in 7998. 
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Beth McLaughlin, and is 
working on his second screenplay — a crime story based in the 
struggling fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts. 

Sometimes I think I write because it is my vocation 
to write in the same way it is Fr. Monan's vocation to 
be a priest. Other times I think I write because I 
never found anything else I'm that good at. 

For now I work in the restaurant. I do it for 
money. Is there any other reason? I also get a cer- 
tain amount of human interaction that serves as fun 
and I suppose grist for the mill. That's not a prima- 
ry reason for being there; I'm not working there for 
the sake of getting material, it just so happens that 

Why do you do the work you do? 
What do you need to derive from 
your work — financially, intellec- 
tually, spiritually? How have your 
you entered the workforce? What 
needed a paying job? In a series of 

by working there I probably am. I feel fortunate be- 
cause I stumbled into this restaurant job and it's not 
too taxing and it is at the top of my street so I can 
walk to work. 

I could do this indefinitely but only because I've 
seen some success as a writer. I couldn't stomach 
other jobs I had along the way because while I was 
at work, I kept thinking about how stupid and 
meaningless it was. 

I'm writing this new screenplay on spec. The 
movie is about fishermen in Gloucester during the 
mid-'80s, when the fishing industry tailspinned. In 
the script fishermen try to make up their lost 
income by smuggling drugs from offshore vessels. 

I got some people to put me in touch with fish- 
ermen who had gone to jail for smuggling, and I 
traveled to Gloucester and hung around with them. 
The screenplay is fiction, but I spent time in 
Gloucester to get the flavor of the place. You get 
the sense of these working men and how they are 
being left behind by technology and progress. 

People are complaining that America is becom- 
ing one huge strip mall. Gloucester isn't like that; 
it's real. The visual characteristics of Gloucester — 
the architecture and the streets and the layout of 
the town — are its own. 

When I think about work, it seems there are two 
opposite attitudes. One is that what you do is who 
you are. The other is that work provides you with 
the means to live the life that you want to live. In 
my world work is tied up with the preeminence of 

24 SPRING 1999 

David McLaughlin '95 

Allyssa Harris Johnson '94, MS'96 

the individual, but the lives of the characters in my 
story offer a great counterpoint to that selfishness. 
They are working for the sake of a way of life. They 
are not doing it to make a ton of money; they see it 
as a good way to live, a way that is under threat. 
They go out to sea with family members, neigh- 
bors — people they have known their whole lives. 

When you go into a bookstore, you see so many 
books about self-improvement and careers. Every- 
thing is about you and how to get ahead at what you 
do. That's our society. To these fishermen work is 
more than just a job, not because it offers a huge 
salary or great power, but because it incorporates 
family and community. 

THE NURSE allyssa harrisjohnson '94, 

MS'96 is director of operations at Roxbury Comprehensive 
Community Health Care Center, which serves more than 
10,000 low-income residents in the Roxbury section of Boston. 
Johnson entered nursing in 7985 with an associate's degree and 
worked as a staff nurse for eight years in Cambridge Hospital's 
maternity unit. After earning her bachelor's and master's 
degrees at BC, she became a nurse practitioner in RoxComp's 
adolescent-care unit. Now she manages the day-to-day opera- 
tion of the health center's clinical department and sees patients 
two days a week. She lives in nearby Dorchester with her hus- 
band, Richard Johnson. 

I don't remember wanting to be a nurse when I was 
growing up. I do remember wanting to be in medi- 
cine. For a while I played with a microscope and 
thought I'd be a researcher or a doctor. But by the 

time I got to high school, I was tired. I couldn't 
imagine going to school for 10 more years. I decid- 
ed to be a nurse instead. 

As it turned out I did spend 10 more years in 
school, which makes me think I should have pursued 
a medical degree. It's not that I regret becoming a 
nurse. It's just that now, as a nurse practitioner, I have 
a lot of the responsibilities physicians have without 
the higher pay and prestige. At Cambridge Hospital 
we worked with interns and residents, and I realized 
I knew so much more than thev did. The nurses — 
say, during emergency situations with sick babies — 
are running the show. Sometimes nurses feel that 
frustration, which is why a lot of them go for ad- 
vanced degrees. You know a lot, and sometimes you 
just want to take charge. 

In my case, I was wondering if entry-level nurs- 
ing was all I'd do with my life. I couldn't see myself 
being 60 years old lugging and tugging and pulling 
patients out of bed. I knew there had to be more. 

After graduating from BC I accepted a job as a 
nurse practitioner in RoxComp's adolescent clinic. 
My mother didn't understand why. She grew up 
poor in the South and thought I should take my 
education and head to the suburbs. But I don't want 
the suburbs. People out there have all the health- 
care access and information that they need. At Rox- 
Comp people need my help. I have something to 
teach here. 

That's part of the reason I chose to focus on ado- 
lescent girls. Adolescent girls are moldable, which 
is good and bad. They don't have good role models 
at home, so they run the risk of developing all sorts 


of problems, such as dropping out of school, failing 
to develop goals, getting stuck in poverty. By help- 
ing these girls to make better choices, I might help 
change the course of their lives. 

When I was looking for my first job after getting 
my master's degree, I thought, "I've been in school 
so long and worked so long, now I need to do 
something that is going to change lives." If I didn't, 
I felt I would have wasted all my efforts. 

I don't believe that all well-educated blacks have 
to give back to the community — people have the 
right to make their own decisions — but I feel I do. 
Being African-American helps me be more effective 
in my job. It shouldn't, but it does. People here are 
just so distrustful of the outside community — it took 
a while for even me to establish trust and to prove I 
wasn't fulfilling some do-gooder requirement. 

When I first came here it shocked me how many 
kids live in foster homes or with relatives other than 
their parents — grandmothers, aunts, cousins. I get 
angry at some of the conditions my patients have to 
put up with. The schools seem to be letting them 
down by not expecting much from them. The fam- 
ilies of the girls don't seem to care if they go out 
with 40-year-old men. The men don't step up when 
the girls get pregnant. I get angry and frustrated, 
but then I take a deep breath and go back the next 
day. My faith gets shaken sometimes, but I keep 
plodding along. 

There are rewards. I have one 16-year-old pa- 
tient who has an 18-month-old son. When we told 
her she was pregnant, she had a tough time under- 
standing how it happened. I think she just never 

received the sex-education basics. Her home life 
was terrible; she lived with her mother and grand- 
mother, who were both drinkers. They didn't seem 
concerned that she was pregnant or that she wasn't 
showing up at school. Neither did the school. She 
had been written off. Our whole team here worked 
with her to get her on track. She had her baby, got 
back into school, and now has a job. We helped her 
get day care for her son, and we're helping her with 
her parenting skills. In the last year and a half, she 
has turned around. 

Yesterday I was working in our women 's-health 
unit, and one of the patients said, "You saw my 
daughter yesterday, and she said you helped her 
make a good decision." The mother said both she 
and her daughter were grateful for my help. That 
made my day. 

THE LA W Y E R KATHLEEN ALLEN '93 is a lawyer 
with Cooley Coodward, a law firm based in Silicon Valley. She 
specializes in business and corporate law, with an emphasis 
on securities transactions. As a teenager and a college student, 
she wanted to be a lawyer to help the underdog. What she 
learned in law school was that she was better at something 
else entirely: the art of the deal. 

I had grand plans for saving the world. I wanted to 
represent people whose civil liberties had been 
trashed. In law school, though, I found arguing in 
moot court terrifying. I hated being in front of 
people. That's when I realized I couldn't do litiga- 
tion. I knew that if every time I got up in front of a 

Kathleen Allen '93 

Trena Yonkers-Talz MA'96 

26 SPRING 1999 

courtroom I felt faint, I wasn't going to be any good 
at public-advocacy work. 

Plus the big firms offer more money than you've 
ever seen in your life. I was 23 years old, and some- 
one was going to pay me $1,400 a week. That was 
after making $6.50 an hour at Banana Republic. 

After my second year in law school, I got a job at 
Goodwin, Procter & Hoar, one of the largest firms 
in Boston. I found out I liked it. I learned about 
business, which always seemed secretive or out 
of my reach. I learned about the stock market. It 
wasn't like helping the guy on the street who didn't 
have a voice, but it was challenging and I thought 
I'd be good at it. 

I started at Cooley Goodward in 1997. The 
hours aren't as bad as you hear they are in New 
York. The client work that I bill can be anywhere 
from 40 to 70 hours a week. If you are working on 
a huge merger, you are going to be billing 70 hours 
a week for a month. And you log a lot more hours 
than that. You bill for the time you are actually 
working, not the time you stare out the window or 
go to the refrigerator to get a Coke. 

It's certainly not like Ally McBeal. Ally dates her 
clients, and they have all this time to chat in the of- 
fice. Lawyers are tied to the clock. You can't be 
there from nine to five and say, "I put in my eight 
hours; I'm going home." It takes a lot of focus and 
you have to produce. 

I like the Silicon Valley scene. If I were still back 
in Boston, I'd be representing tobacco companies 
and trash companies — that's not fun. One of my 
companies has invented this contraption that turns 
insulin into an airborne substance that patients can 
just inhale. It's as effective as an injection, and when 
it gets to the market it's going to revolutionize in- 
sulin treatments. Now that's a cool client. 

I think money is important, but only because I'm 
$90,000 in debt' and I'll be in debt for years. What 
I really want is to be happy in my job. I have friends 
who are attorneys — not necessarily at my firm — 
who absolutely believe they have to be in by eight 
and that they can take only an hour lunch. If I feel 
like I need to spend some time at the Chanel 
counter because it'll make me feel better mentally, 
then I do it. My state of mind is how I would mea- 
sure my success. 

What I do is very different from what I used to 
imagine myself doing. I'm never in court. My work 
is not about disputes. I do deals. Say one party is 
trying to get money, and I'm representing a venture 
capital fund trying to give away money. These 

people have to — they want to — work together for 
years. They are trying to achieve the same goal. 
And I like that. 

THE VOLUNTEER trena yonkers-talz 

MA'cj6 recently completed a two-year volunteer project in Be- 
lize City, where she organized workshops and retreats for fac- 
ulty in the country's Catholic schools, established a local Jesuit 
Volunteers program, and worked at an alternative high school 
for girls. She and her husband, Kevin Yonkers-Talz MA'96, 
plan to dedicate their careers to social-justice work and service 
to the poor in the developing world. They are preparing to re- 
locate to San Salvador, where they will launch a service and 
study-abroad program with the University of Central America 
and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. 

My first year at the school in Belize City, I taught 
physical education. I remember going to class the 
first day and standing before these 30 tough street 
girls. I thought, "What am I doing here?" But you 
know what? As tough as they were, those girls were 
like any other kids. They needed love and affirma- 
tion, and they needed to know that they were good. 

The second year I did individual and group 
counseling, which evolved into doing some sessions 
with adult women and with the parents of some of 
the students. That work was humbling. In the States, 
and especially when I was at the Women's Resource 
Center at BC, I was used to counseling in very 
defined, specific areas. I was counseling women who 
were dealing with eating disorders, sexual abuse, 
sexual assault, decision making, and identity- 
development issues. In Belize it was much more 
about survival. 

It was humbling to realize that I wasn't going to 
see a lot of change in behaviors — partly because the 
problems are so entrenched in Belizean culture. 
But the work did bring satisfaction. There was a 
sense of knowing that I was creating a safe place 
and time for a girl to share her story. She could say 
whatever she wanted without feeling afraid. She 
would — for a short time — be in a place where she 
would not be abused in any way — not physically 
and not emotionally. She would be accepted. 

In many ways a life of service often seems to be 
an either/or choice. You choose to be a servant and 
choose religious life, or you choose to make your 
family your priority and you take the all-American 
road. Sometimes I feel Kevin and I are on a lonely 
road because not a lot of people are doing what we 
are doing. We do feel we are called to both. We've 


been blessed with an incredible love, and we've 
been blessed with a commitment to the poor. 
We can be true to both, but it's tricky and chal- 
lenging at times. 

I grew up wanting the biggest and the best of 
everything. In my high school yearbook, there was 
a section on what we expected to be doing in 10 
years. I said I was going to be a lawyer, drive a gray- 
and-black Mercedes, and have two children. In 
sixth grade I had a math assignment on converting 
inches to metric. We were told to design our dream 
house. The house I built was unbelievable. It had a 
bowling alley, a gymnasium, a five-car garage, and 
a swimming pool. My mother brought the drawing 
out to show Kevin at Christmas. He laughed so 
hard, he bent over and clutched his stomach. 

THE SALESMAN Stephen barbera 'go has 

worked in wine sales for nine years, first as a salesman for Bar- 
ties &.Jaymes Wine Coolers, based in Queens, New York; then 
selling Callo wines on the South Shore of Massachusetts. 
Today he is a senior regional sales manager for Sutter Home 
Winery and oversees to New England wholesalers. He lives in 
West Roxbury with his wife, Whitney Serrell-Barbera 'go, and 
their infant daughter, Anne. 

Nineteen ninety was a tough year for new 
graduates; unemployment was high and jobs were 
scarce. I wanted a job I could put on my resume 
that people would immediately recognize. Working 
for Gallo is like going to a Proctor & Gamble or a 
Carnation. It's like going for your PhD in con- 
sumer-goods sales. 

When I first started in Queens I was on salary, 
but I was paid peanuts. I had a specific route that 
I would take each weekday. I was responsible for 
seven Pathmarks, seven Grand Unions, and dozens 
of other stores. In all I had a route of 40 accounts 
that I'd call on once or twice a week. 

A unit manager in a grocery store usually is 
working from a windowless backroom office. He's 
got trucks coming in left and right, and customers 
complaining. The last thing he wants to see is 
someone who just wants to sell, sell, sell. So you 
have to ask him about the Yankees winning the 
World Series or how his kids are. You're almost 
forced to establish a relationship. 

The interesting thing about being in sales is that 
you are your own boss in a way. The sky's the limit, 
but you have a lot of responsibility. And being on 
full commission, which I was in my second job, 

wasn't scary. It suited my competitive personality. 
I'm not complacent. I like bettering myself, better- 
ing my job, bettering my income. 

For a few years I was paid straight commission. I 
earned four percent of every sale. If a case of Bar- 
ties & Jaymes was, let's say, $20, and I sold five 
cases, I would be paid $4. That doesn't sound like a 
lot, but keep in mind that in the summer you can 
sell a thousand cases to a single account. Every sin- 
gle day I kept track of how many cases I'd sold and 
what I'd sold. I'd keep a calculator in my car and 
add up exactly how much sales revenue I brought in 
that day, multiply it by four percent, and I would 
know to the penny what I had earned. 

Now I earn a straight salary plus a bonus. I miss 
working on commission. But I enjoy having more 
responsibility — and the opportunity to reap more 

I grew up in Westchester County, New York. My 
father was a stockbroker and my mother mainly 
took care of us kids but also taught music lessons 
and sewed for private clients. They both worked 
hard at what they did and still do, and I noticed 
that. As a kid I wanted to be a professional baseball 
player, of course. But when I played Little League, 
I would make sales door-to-door for our team 
fund-raisers. I loved it. Why? Because in the end 
there was a bonus — a bat signed by the Philadelphia 
Philly's Greg Luzinski. 

When I was in seventh grade I had a paper 
route. The more people on my route, the more 
money I made. If someone wasn't a customer I 
would knock on his door and try to sell a subscrip- 
tion. Why not? It was an extra few bucks in my 
pocket. Later I caddied. Again, the more you 
worked, the more money you had. I worked hard 
because I knew the harder I worked, the more I'd 
be rewarded. It's the same in what I'm doing now. 
That's why I think I'll always do sales. A small per- 
centage of people have windfalls. Most people 
don't. The people who are successful are those who 
work hard. 

My wife decided not to continue teaching after 
she had our baby, and I'm very happy about that. 
Does my new role as sole provider scare me? Yes. 
Fortunately, we're very frugal. We manage our funds 
and keep a monthly log of exacdy how much we're 
saving. We look at it every month, over six months, 
and over a year. We waited to start our family until 
we found stability in our careers and in our finances. 
Now finally here we are. One of the best things in 
my life is going to be raising our child. 

28 SPRIN(, I'm 

Stephen Barbera 'go 

Frances Bateman Bisselle '93 

THE TEACHER Frances bateman bisselle 

'cjI teaches history and geography at Taft, a boarding school 
in Watertown, Connecticut. Bisselle and her husband, Andy, 
who is also a teacher at the school, live in a dormitory apart- 
ment with their two young daughters. A coach, a teacher, and 
a dorm adviser, Bissell often starts her day with breakfast 
in the school refectory and ends it at lights-out in her dorm, 
at 11:10 p.m. 

I'm the third oldest of 15 kids, so life growing up 
was one constant teaching moment. We had one 
mom, obviously, and she needed me to help the 
younger children with academic questions and cal- 
culus problems. I grew up being a teacher. 

My passion is history — in college mainly Irish, 
European, and early Church history — but I never 
thought I wanted to be a teacher. I thought being a 
teacher would be too predictable. 

At BC I played field hockey for two years, then 
an accident on the turf ended my playing career. 
After my knee injury I coached at Newton Coun- 
try Day School for two years. I decided I wanted to 
be a coach — and basically that meant finding a 
teaching job. 

After an internship at Wyoming Seminary, I 
came to Taft, where I met my husband. We were 
both first-year teachers and were assigned to teach 
a freshman course on ancient civilizations. It was 
great because our relationship started out in an in- 
tellectual context. We were engaged after our first 
year at the school and married a year later. 

Now we live in a dorm of 70 16-year-old girls. 

Every third night I'm on duty, which means my 
door is open all evening. At 7:00 the girls come in 
and let me know that they need to go to the 
library or to the language lab or to a faculty apart- 
ment for tutoring. I put my own kids to bed at 7:30. 
And from then until lights-out I run around the 
dorm and make sure the kids are studying, help 
them with questions, and ask how their day was. I 
try to see each kid four or five times. 

When I'm not on duty, the kids still stop by — 
maybe about 10 kids in an evening. I like a lot of the 
girls in the dorm, so when they come over and hang 
out, it is more like friends visiting. 

Normally I don't see Andy a lot. Our schedules 
are opposite. We coach opposite seasons, we teach 
opposite blocks, we basically have opposite jobs. 
So we are often ships passing in the night. But it's 
great to have a husband who teaches at the same 
school and has the same intellectual passions you 
have — and who cares the same way about high 
school kids. We're a couple and we're also col- 
leagues. We're in the same trench. 

Sometimes, though, we need to make time for 
ourselves. We put a sign on the door saying, "Please 
don't disturb. Romantic dinner in progress." We've 
only done that twice, not because we don't need 
time together but because there is just so much 
going on. 

High school students are going to drink and 
experiment. I recendy busted a student for drinking 
and saw how difficult it was for her. I actually saw 
her come to a definition of herself. She said, "I 


don't want to define myself as a partyer; I want to 
be somebody different from that." I liked being a 
part of that process. 

I have never walked into a classroom of 16 kids 
and had to say, "Sit down, be quiet, you didn't do 
your homework." These kids are motivated and di- 
rected. What they want is to have an intellectually 
stimulating conversation about the things that 
they've read. So that is the type of education I'm 
giving. I don't want to be a disciplinarian. I want to 
bring history alive. 

I keep every card I get from my students. I just 
got a phone call from somebody I hadn't talked to 
in a while, and she said, "Oh, Mrs. Bisselle, I was 
just thinking about you. You were a great person for 
me to know. I feel like I'm a better person because 
I cried on your shoulder when I was in tenth grade. 
You gave me good advice." 

I don't think I ever had high material expecta- 
tions. As one of 1 5 kids, high material expectations 
would be finding a pair of matching socks. Andy 
and I did buy a little summer house in upstate New 
York. It certainly is modest, but it's something we 
can call our own. 

THE CONSULTANT arnold decarcia 

'92, the son ofaforklift mechanic and an assembly-line work- 
er, landed his first job — in the kitchen at a kosher deli — at 16 
and worked as many as 40 hours a week throughout college. 
Today he is a New York City-based computer consultant. He 

has helped corporate clients such as Lucent Technologies and 
J. P. Morgan develop databases and Merrill Lynch prepare for 
the Y2K crisis. 

The work I do is so vastly different from anything 
my parents would have done or imagined. I think 
what made it easy for me to see myself becoming 
successful was that there wasn't a model for me. 
I had to come up with my own. 

My first job at the delicatessen lasted a week 
because I found a better job as a telemarketer. I re- 
cruited for a local technical-training school. I had 
to persuade people to come into the office, where 
the real marketers would work them over. I did that 
job for a few months; then I got a job on Wall 
Street mounting tapes in a computer center. 
Kitchen help in a deli, telemarketer, Wall Street. A 
quick ascent at 16. 

In college I had jobs at the O'Neill computer 
center at BC, at Lehman Brothers in downtown 
Boston, and at a company in Waltham. All that 
work made me realize I want to be financially suc- 
cessful. I'd like to give my kids the opportunity to 
immerse themselves in philosophy and literature, 
all the things I always wanted more time for. In fact, 
if I could, if I were wealthy, I would go back to 
school for my PhD in philosophy. I w f ould get lost 
in philosophy. Not that there weren't benefits to 
working though college. By March of my senior 
year I had my first two job offers — one from AT&T 

Arnold DeGarcia '92 

David Brennan '86, MSW87 

30 SPRING 1999 

and one from Motorola. Not bad for an English 
and philosophy major. 

As a consultant you come in almost as a doctor, 
saying to the client, "What hurts?" You get to fix 
something. But consulting can be a bit like walking 
on a tightrope without a net. I was at AT&T as a full- 
time employee when a group of people decided to 
leave to work as consultants at American Express. 
They asked me, "Would you like to come along and 
triple your salary?" They warned me I wouldn't get 
a job description or benefits and that at any point die 
company could let us go. What really made me say 
yes was that AT&T was about to do massive layoffs. 
I thought, "Why stick around for that?" 

I'm going to start going to law school at night. 
Studying law gives you an opportunity to be a 
learned person, and I want that. Ultimately I would 
like to be the legal adviser to the CIO for a Fortune 
10 or Fortune 100 firm. I don't want to be the CEO 
or the CIO, I want to be the one they turn to, the 
lead adviser. 

I've already pictured this: We're meeting in a big 
conference room on the top floor of a building in a 
major metropolitan area. The CEO and CIO need 
to make some major decision, and they turn to me 
and ask, "What do you think?" That's when I'll 
know I've won. 

THE SOCIAL WORKER david brennan 

'86, MSW'87 has been on the front lines of the AIDS epidem- 
ic for all but six months of his professional life, first as a social 
worker at AIDS Action, the largest and oldest AIDS service 
organization in New England, and then as the social-work 
coordinator at Boston's largest AIDS hospice. Today he is the 
clinical-services manager at AIDS Action. 

When we opened the hospice, in 1989, it was the 
first federally certified hospice program specifically 
for people with AIDS. 

I was the social work coordinator there, and I 
met with patients and their families when they 
came in. I would discuss with them what was going 
on. Did they have any questions about what was 
happening? Did they understand that this is a place 
where people come to die? At first it was hard to 
know how to talk with people about that. With 
some you could be quite forthright; with others you 
would have to be more gentle. 

I would get them to talk about what they need- 
ed in order to die comfortably- Was it a reunion 

with family? Making sure a parent or a sibling gets 
here from out of state? An opportunity to pray 
regularly with our chaplain? A lot of my role was 
helping people to do the emotional work that need- 
ed to be done. I also had to help them deal with 
legal and financial planning. 

By the time I was 25 1 had been involved in the 
deaths of 50 people. It was overwhelming. But I 
also got incredible satisfaction from it. When peo- 
ple who are dying let you in, it's amazing, when 
they trust you and want to talk to you about what's 
really going on in their minds and how scared 
they might be or how at peace they are. I feel hon- 
ored to be part of that. That was five or six years 
ago, when the epidemic was peaking and so many 
people were dying. During the time I was at the 
hospice, 800 people died. One year 28 percent of all 
the people who died with AIDS in Massachusetts 
died at our hospice. 

How did I deal with that? The most important 
step was one I took even before I started the job. I 
went to the people closest to me — my partner, my 
family, my friends — and said, "I can't take this job 
unless I have you. I need to know that if I come 
home one day and someone I deeply cared about 
has just died, that I can talk to you about it. Can 
you be there for me? I'll do whatever you want: I'll 
make you dinner, I'll paint your house." I've done 
all those things for people who were supportive of 
me during that time. 

I continued to work at the hospice until about 
two and a half years ago. By then the face of the 
disease was changing. I don't want to say the epi- 
demic was coming to an end; the new medications 
are great, but they don't work for everyone. At 
AIDS Action we still take in 36 new clients a 
month. That's more than one a day. But fewer peo- 
ple were dying. Honestly, I had mixed feelings 
about that. I felt, Oh God, I won't have a job. But I 
also felt, What a really good reason to not have a 
job. That's when I decided to get back into AIDS 
work that wasn't hospice focused. 

I've had good things in my life — a good family, 
good friends, good opportunities. I feel great about 
my life — and I want to give back. When I am hang 
in bed dying, I want to be able to look back and say 
that I made a difference, that somehow I was able 
to help people with their struggle with racism, sex- 
ual-orientation issues, drugs, HIV. Some days I feel 
like I'm able to do that and others I don't, but try- 
ing is what's important for me. 


family values 

Corporate demands for greater productivity and lower costs have created a host of econom- 
ic and social pressures for companies, workers, and families. The Center for Work and Fam- 
ily at Boston College uses its own and other research to illuminate these issues and show 
their effects on people, institutions, and the culture. 

On the fringe 

Percentage of all companies offering 
health insurance to at least half of their 
workforce: 98 

Percentage of all companies offering 
flextime to at least half of their work- 
force: 80 

Percentage of all companies offering 
financial assistance for adoptive parents to 
at least half of their workforce: 63 

Percentage of all companies offering 
after-school child care to at least half of 
their workforce: 15 

Percentage of Standard & Poor's 500 
companies offering paid paternity 
leave: 26 

Percentage of non-S&P 500 companies 
offering paid paternity leave: 42 

Percentage of S&P 500 companies 
offering leave for adoptive parents: 29 

Percentage of non-S&P 500 companies 
offering leave for adoptive parents: 53 

Percentage of S&P 500 companies 
offering emergency, back-up, or sick-child 
care: 17 

Percentage of non-S&P 500 companies 
offering emergency, back-up, or sick-child 
care: 63 

Working lives 

Percentage of employees who feel 
strongly that their pay is enough to meet 
their share of monthly expenses: 50 

Percentage of employees who feel at least 
some expectation to work long hours no 

matter what it means for their personal or 
family lives: 45 

Percentage of employees who feel 
strongly that their benefits package is 
adequate for their needs: 70 

Percentage of employees who feel certain 
they can have a good family life and still 
get ahead in their companies: 49 

Percentage of employees who rate their 
work/family balance as acceptable or very 
good: 83 

Percentage of employees who are satisfied 
or very satisfied with their lives: 81 

The home front 

Percentage of American women with 
children under 18 who work outside the 
home: 67.7 

Percentage of working mothers who have 
no plans to stop working: 74 

Percentage of working mothers who 
say they would not stop working even if 
money were not a concern: 42 

Percentage of stay-at-home mothers who 
have been working mothers: 59 

Percentage of total household income 
provided by working mothers: 57 

Percentage of all mothers who say 
caregiving is their primary role: 98 

Hours per week that stay-at-home 
mothers spend with their children on 
selected activities: 35 

Hours per week that working mothers 
(full-time and part-time) spend with their 
children on selected activities: 28 

Percentage of working mothers who say 
they often regard work as a refuge: 40 

Percentage of working mothers who feel 
very valued by their families for fulfilling 
their home responsibilities: 60 

Percentage of stay-at-home mothers 
who feel very valued by their 
families for fulfilling their home 
responsibilities: 51 

At the edge 

Estimated percentage of the U.S. 
workforce that are contingent workers 
(temporaries or independent 
contractors): 25 

Percentage of firms surveyed that use 
contingent workers 

Agency temporaries: loo 

Direct-hire temporaries: 95 

Independent contractors: 95 

Percentage rate of job growth in the 
temporary help service industry between 
1982 and 1994: 361 

Percentage rate of job growth for the 
entire economy between 1982 and 

Percentage of firms surveyed that offer 
health insurance to contingent 
workers: 13 

Statistics taken from "Contingent Work 
Arrangements in Family-sensitive Corpora- 
tions, " a 1995 survey of 33 companies sponsored 
by the Center for Work and Family at Boston 
College; "Business Weeks Work and Family 
Corporate Banking, " a 1991 survey of 35 Stan- 
dard & Poor's 500 companies, 19 non-S&P 500 
companies, and their employees, conducted by the 
Center for Work and Family at Boston College; 
and "Report Card on the New Providers: Kids 
and Moms Speak, " a 1998 study of 1,005 work- 
ing mothers and their school-aged children 
conducted by the Whirlpool Foundation. 

32 SPRINi i 1999 




The 1999 Com- 
panion of Justice 
Award, which 
annually recognizes an 
alumna/us who has em- 
braced the ideal of "men 
and women for others," 
was presented to Susan 
Gallagher of the class of 
1982 at the Laetare Sun- 
day Breakfast on March 
14th. The award takes its 
name from the Compan- 
ion of Justice awards 
given by the University 
in 1991 to commemorate 
the 500th anniversary of 
the birth of Saint Ignatius. 

Susan Gallagher is a 
Cardiac Nurse Practitioner 
at Beth Israel Deaconess 
Hospital in Boston. In 1985 
she earned her RN desig- 
nation and master's degree 
at Mass General Hospital. 
In 1994, she fulfilled the 
Nurse Practitioner qualifi- 
cations at Boston College. 

Susan Gallagher '82 accepts the Com pan ion of Justice Award at the 48th annual 
Laetare Breakfast from Alumni Association president John S. Buckley '6i 

Sue's gentle manner and humble demeanor disguise a 
long and impressive list of activities and accomplish- 
ments, which underscore her long standing commitment 
to serve the less fortunate. This list includes six years of 
service to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, 
including terms as Secretary and Treasurer. 

Sue has been an active member of the Association's 
Annual Food Drive which raises over $100,000 for Sec- 
ond Helping. She has been a participant in Operation 
Clean Sweep which gathers goods left in the dorms and 
distributes them to local charities. In 1990 she began 
volunteering her time for Christmas in April, which 

refurbishes residential 
homes for the elderly, 
handicapped and low 
income residents in lo- 
cal neighborhoods. 

The list goes on; Sue 
has volunteered at 
Mother Caroline Acad- 
emy - a private middle 
school for disadvantaged 
inner city girls, My 
Brother's Keeper, The 
Junior League, Little 
Brothers, Friends of the 
Elderly, the Long Island 
Shelter, Project Bread, 
The Paraclete Center and 
Father Bill's, to name just 
a few. 

How does she manage 
to do all of this? George 
Downey '61 suggests " . . 
. her dedication to others 
is woven into the very fab- 
ric of who she is; Susan 
Gallagher lives each day 
the ideals of justice and 
service to others." 

Boston College Alumni 

Past President 

Thomas J. Martin '6i 

Adrian J. Byrd-Pina '75 
Beaverton, OR 

Christopher M. Doran, MD 
Denver, CO 


Richard W. Renehan, Esq. '55 
Milton, MA 

Executive Director 

Kathleen M. OToole '76 

1998-99 Board of Directors 


John S. Buckley '66 

Westwood, MA 

Canton, MA 


Robert Abbene '90 
Medfield, MA 

Mary Beth Caruso '78, gsas '83 
Newton, MA 

Michael J. Connolly, Esq., '8i 
Concord, NH 

Daniel M.P. Foley '55 
West Roxbury, MA 

Emily Frieswyk '99 
Chestnut Hill, MA 

Catherine D. Ryan '96 

Watertown, MA 

Rosemary Golden Simmons 

Class Notes Editor 
Kathleen J. Tucker CAS '99 

Vice President/President Elect 
Edward J. O'Brien jr., M.D. '63 
St. Louis, MO 63779 


James W. Alves, gssw '80 
East Greenwich, Rl 

Angela R. Anderson, '76 
Allston, MA 

Laura A. Cronin '95 

Shrewsbury, MA 

Brian P. Curry '71 
Summit, Nj 

Catherine Beyer Hurst NC 

Cambridge, MA 

Sheila Royston Murphy '89 
Arlington, VA 


Boston, MA 

Louis V. Sorgi "45 
Milton, MA 

Siobhan Greaney Workman 

Boston College Alumni 

]ean M. Graham "90 
Arlington, MA 


Christopher P. Flynn "8o 
Sherborn, MA 

Jesse Beaubrun '89 
Allston, MA 

Thomas D. Bransfield 
Chicago, IL 

Esq. '89 

Paul C. Delaney'66 
Duxbury, MA 

Cretchen Heeg Dobson '91, 

GSOE '95 

Boston, MA 

James E. O'Neil III '80 
Walpole, MA 

Ann F. Pauly, Esq. LAW '85 
Cambridge. MA 


West Des Moines, IA 

Alumni House 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 
(617) 552-4700 
(8oo) 669-8430 


Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

David Merrick '41 of Naples FL 
called in to tell us that his brother, 
Bob Merrick '24, was inducted this 
past winter into the Boston College 
Hall of Fame. Congratulations! • 
David also tells us that his good 
friend and neighbor, William E. 
O'Brien '25 passed away in Florida 
on March 18. Bill O'Brien was the 
class correspondent for many years 
for the class of 1925. Our condo- 
lences to Bill's family. 



Maurice J. Downey 
New Pond Village 
180 Main Street 
Walpole, MA 02081 
(508) 660-6958 

I was just about to put these notes 
down on paper when my telephone 
rang and a secretary in the Alumni 
office informed me that a true mover 
and shaker in our class, Paul 
McCarty, had joined the heavenly 
hosts. Paul was a quintessential BC 
alumnus. Whenever an important 
BC luncheon was held, Paul was 
sure to be in attendance. When a BC 
fundraising drive was in progress, 
Paul was always a substantial con- 
tributor. Of all our class reunions, 
Paul was there with his dogeared 
yearbook and he insisted that each 
classmate write his signature right 
next to his photograph. It is hoped 
that this historically valuable year- 
book, though badly decomposed, 
finds its way into the BC archives. • 
Normally this summer edition is re- 
plete with personal notes, but not so 
this year. The usual Christmas greet- 
ings were nonexistent this year — 
memory and a few unscientific 
records will have to suffice: Frank 
Phelan and John Jake Healy are 
luxuriating in South FL; Fred 
L'Ecuyer, Bernie McCabe and 
Charley Joyce are established Cape- 
Codders; Dr. Joe Quinn lives in 
Delaware; Father Todd Murphy, 
SJ is still at Fairfield and playing his 
piano; Jim Duffy is still trying to 
breakparatthe Wollaston, SC; Herb 
Stokinger lives in Milton and Henry 
Ballem is in Hawaii. • Please send 
your items. A healthy and happy 
summer to all. 

Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

Arthur Morrissey came by the 
Alumni office to say that he was in 
attendance at the Laetare Sunday 
Communion Breakfast with class- 
mates Frank Voss and Jim Regan. 


Charles A. McCarthy 
2081 Beacon Street 
Waban, MA 02468 
(617) 244-9025 

Greetings from Naples, FL. The 
following was received from Joe 
Donovan, aka Fr. VictorC.P.: "Dear 
Al, You have always been a great 
student of John's Gospel. The sec- 
ond chapter of his book comes to 
mind when you find out that the 
highlight of Edith Stein's canoniza- 
tion was the wedding feast spon- 
sored by the bride's family. Among 
the guests at the feast were 'alter- 
christus' (Rev. Charles McCarthy) 
with his 12 apostles (children) and 
Mrs. McCarthy whose first name is 
Mary. Change the name of the city 
from 'Cana' to 'Roma.' Saint Edith 
Stein planned it her way. Keep your 
eye on her. She has greater things 
for the future. Looking forward to 
the year 2000." 


Thomas W. Crosby, Esq. 
New Pond Village Suite B306 
180 Main Street 
Walpole, MA 02081 
(508) 660-1174 

Again we commence these notes with 
the sad news that we have lost two of 
our classmates since the last issue: 
Edward C. Galvin, Esq. and 
Salvatore Palmieri, MD. We ex- 
tend our condolences and prayers to 
the respective families. • I received a 
letter from Leonard F. Johnson, a 
member of the Class of '62 . Leonard 
is a son of our deceased classmate 
Francis X.Johnson. Leonard writes 
that the Class of '3 1 has through the 
years been very special to him be- 
cause it brings back fond memories 
of his late father, Frank. He ended 
the letter with a thank you and the 
words "May God bless you and all 
the members of the Class of '31." I 

was pleased to receive the letter and 
itwasmostappreciated. *Ijustcom- 
pleted reading the best seller The 
Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw 
and without doubt our class is a mem- 
ber of that generation. I highly rec- 
ommend it to you for it brings back 
memories of our glory years. • Our 
class, along with 23 other classes, 
contributed to Second Helping Gala 
Committee. The total sum contrib- 
uted was $113,000 delivered to the 
Alumni Association, which in turn 
was presented to the Greater Boston 
Food Bank. • The class treasurer has 
on deposit with the Scituate Savings 
the intention of the class officers to 
turn the deposit over to the Jesuit 
Fathers as a memorial for the Class 
of '3 1 . • A printout of the member 
list for our class indicates that our 
strength now stands at 25; however, 
as we have not heard from so many 
for the past several years we ques- 
tion the accuracy of the report. To 
clarify the situation, I would appre- 
ciate a card or a telephone call from 
either you or a member of your fam- 
ily as to your status. • May the com- 
ing summer days find you in good 
health and enjoying your gift of old 
age. God Bless. 


Walter M. Drohan 
85 Nelson Street 
Winchester, MA 01890 
(781) 729-2899 

As I tidy up notes for our class col- 
umn, a howling February snow storm 
is hitting the area with deadly disre- 
gard for the snow shovelingbrigades 
battling the onslaught. As for my- 
self, I will allow the spring thaws to 
set me free. • I received a very wel- 
come call from Kate Connor. Kate 
proudly told me that six of the grand- 
children are BCers. I gave Kate my 
very best wishes — truly, and so ad- 
mirable is their loyalty to BC. • I 
contacted Ed Hurley to find out 
about his health as he battles his 
problems with great spirit and cour- 
age. He tells me that Gerry Kelley 
and Fran Curtin are getting along 
well. • The class football fans will be 
interested in the recent news release 
from the sports information office. 
Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo 
and his Assistant Athletic Director, 
Jim Paquette, are doing an outstand- 
ing job in that office. Contact them 
if you have questions. You can be 
assured of their prompt attention 
and action. • Gene announced that 
negotiations are currently underway 

to solidify a nonconference schedule 
that will include Notre Dame, Army, 
Navy, Louisville, Stanford, Wake 
Forest, Penn State and Tennessee. 
We, the 2 1 surviving members of 
our original class of 156 graduates, 
will be able to go to the games or see 
them on TV. • At any rate, keep well 
and hold the line until we meet again. 


Atty. William M. Hogan Jr. 
Brookhaven, A-305 
1010 Waltham Street 
Lexington, MA 02420 
(781) 863-8359 


Herbert A. Kenny 
804 Summer Street 
Manchester, MA 01944 
(978) 526-1446 

Honors continue to fall to Dr. 
Nicholas J. Fiumara, clinical pro- 
fessor emeritus at Boston University 
Medical School. Last year, Nick re- 
ceived the Kenneth Kaplan Infec- 
tious Diseases Clinician Award given 
annually by the MA Infectious Dis- 
eases Society. Just before the turn of 
the year, the MA Medical Society 
gave him the annual Henry Ingersoll 
Bowditch Award for Excellence in 
Public Health, for a Mass. physician 
who has shown "outstanding initia- 
tive, creativity and leadership in the 
field of public health outreach and 
advocacy." Nick lives in Belmont 
with his wife, Sylvia. • Dr. Timothy 
L. Curran writes from 5113 Club 
Way, Stuart, FL 34997, that his au- 
tobiography, The Joys and Tears of a 
Doctor, has been published and is 
available. The book traces his life 
from the early period of growing up 
in Boston through his years at BC 
and the Boston University School of 
Medicine, as well as the traumatic 
phases encountered as a flight sur- 
geon in the European Theater and 
his experiences in private practice of 
head and neck surgery. Tim is curi- 
ous as to which other classmates may 
have published autobiographies or 
memoirs. • Monsignorjohn Dillon 
Day has left Hyde Park, where in 
recent years he made his home with 
his sister, and has retired with her to 
the Carmel attached to St. Patrick's 
Manor in Framingham. • After a 
lifetime of social work, Dan Cronin 
is enjoying his retirement years in 
Scituate and the visits of his seven 
children and fourteen grandchildren. 


• Father Charles Anadore serves 
as a fill-in at St. Agatha's Church in 
Milton. • Father Jack Saunders, 

another Miltonian, is retired 
close-by, a little too lame for public 
mass and the ball games he attended 
with such regularity. • Lenahan 
O'Connell ((617) 426-1224) would 
like to hear from classmates who 
have ideas of how to celebrate the 
65th anniversary of our graduation. 


Edward T. Sullivan 
286 Adams Street 
Milton, MA 02186 
(617) 698-0080 

Get ready for a big celebration of 
our 65th anniversary next year! The 
planning committee is hard at work, 
talking about a hiking tour of Yose- 
mite Park with overnight stays in 
comfortable lodges. Whitewater 
rafting and cliff-climbing would be 
part of the package. • There are 
openings on our volleyball squad 
due to the loss of John Griffin and 
Charlie Callahan, two of our star 
players. Let us know if you are inter- 
ested. • Rev. Pat Barrett is enjoy- 
ing a comfortable retirement in St. 
John's rectory in South Portland, 
ME. We talked again about his 20 
years of chaplain service with the 
army in Germany and Korea, earn- 
ing him the rank of Lt. Col. He was 
one of those very special priests who 
said Mass out in the field for troops 
about to go into battle. He promised 
to remember us in his prayers. Please 
call him with any special request at 
(207) 772-7489. • Paul Moynihan 
and his wife, Alice, are still living in 
retirement in Salt Lake City. Paul, 
was a finance officer with a mining 
company, and was not excited about 
the coming Olympic games and ex- 
pressed regret about the overdevel- 
opment of the city in the last 50 
years. He reminisced about his two 
best friends, John Downey and 
Grover Cronin. • Tom Dowling is 
living in retirement with his wife, 
Ann, in her hometown, Bessemer, 
MI, but his heart is still in South 
Boston where his niece Joanne 
Dowling now owns the family home 
which his father bought in 1 92 for 
$4,500. Joanne teaches math at Bos- 
ton English High. • Our favorite 
west coast marathoner, Jack Murphy, 
now has a great-grandson born on 
his own birthday and named after 
him. Follow this: Jack's son David 
had a daughter, Anna, had a son on 
Jack's birthday, March 27, 1998 and 
the parents named him John. There 

was no argument about the naming. 

• Frank Crimmings, one of our 

Somerville contingent, has retired 
from a successful practice as an or- 
thopedic surgeon in Rochester, NY. 
He and Georgina, however, are not 
well and should go on Father Pat 
Barrett's special list. • We have lost 
three faithful classmates from the 
local area: John Dacey, Ray Perry, 
and Henry Ohrenberger. • Brian 
Dacey, John's son, reports that his 
father, after being diagnosed with 
lung cancer last August, "accepted 
his fate and spent much of his time 
with his family and friends, reflect- 
ing on his life, and was very much at 
peace." John was left with three chil- 
dren when his wife died in 1958; he 
did a great job raising them. Brian, a 
BC alumnus, is in real estate and his 
wife, Beth, teaches freshman writ- 
ing at BC. John died November 3rd. 

• Ray Perry's death was a shock to 
those of us who were used to seeing 
him at the annual Laetare breakfast. 
His wife, Mary, told us that he was 
suffering from a rare degenerative 
disease that he fought with the same 
kind determination that he displayed 
on the football field. His honors and 
accomplishments are too many to 
list here. He was a captain in the 
Coast Guard, a pioneer in computer 
science, and a professor at Salem 
State College. Ray died December 
20th. We will miss him very much. • 
Henry Ohrenberger died February 
9th. He was one of our heroes on 
those wonderful Saturdayafternoons 
when he filled the right-tackle posi- 
tion in those days of two-way foot- 
ball. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, 
he volunteered for the Navy and 
eventually saw combat service in the 
Pacific. After the war, he was certi- 
fied in obstetrics, taught at Tufts 
Medical School, and spent 30 years 
in private practice, earning the af- 
fection and respect of four genera- 
tions of patients. His son, Henry Jr. 
'71, is justly proud of him. 


Joseph P. Keating 
24 High Street 
Natick, MA 01760 
(508) 653-4902 

The Catholic Action League of 
Massachusetts held its annual din- 
ner in December at which time 
Bishop "Larry" Riley was awarded 
the League's John Boyle O'Reilly 
Award. The award was given to Larry 
for his continued defense of the 
Catholic faith. Thomas H. 
O'Connor's new book Boston Catho- 

lics is just out. In the introduction, 
the author gives recognition to those 
who helped on the book. Fie wrote 
"I am greatly indebted to Bishop 
Lawrence J. Riley S.T.D. who read 
the entire manuscript with consum- 
mate care and whose keen editorial 
judgment saved me from any num- 
ber of factual errors and interpretive 
oversight." I enjoyed reading the 
book — now I know one of the rea- 
sons must have been because Larry 
polished it up for the author! As we 
all know the good Bishop retired 
some time ago, but he sure stays 
busy as ever. "Retired?" it must be a 
rose by another name. At year's end 
Clark Booth, well-known Boston 
reporter, was on a national TV pro- 
gram on which he talked about the 
local, national and international "ex- 
tra good people" who died in 1998. 
Among those mentioned was Mon- 
signor John "Speed" Carroll for 
his wonderful work with the CYO. 
Sorry to have to report the death of 
two classmates Al Burgoyne and 
Bob Cahill both died in January. Al 
had a distinguished career in insur- 
ance. Among other positions he was 
a VP of State Farm Insurance, VP of 
Metropolitan Life Insurance, and 
CEO of Metropolitan Property and 
Liability Insurance Co. Al also served 
for 1 years as a lecturer in insurance 
law at BC Law School. At Al's fu- 
neral Mass, the college was repre- 
sented by Father Monan and 
numerous other BC Jesuits. You are 
asked to remember Al and Julie and 
the family in your prayers. Bob Cahill 
was our class VP. He was among the 
first graduates of the BC Social Ser- 
vice School and worked his entire 
career in the social service field, re- 
tiring as VP of the United Way in 
Worcester. Again you are asked to 
remember in your prayers Bob, his 
wife Mary and family. Al, and Bob 
up until his illness a few years ago, 
were always at our annual luncheon 
with Julie and Mary respectively — 
they will be missed. Class sympathy 
is also extended to Charlie and Kay 
Sampson; Mary Cahill and Kay 
Sampson are sisters. 



Angelo A. DiMattia 
82 Perthshire Road 
Brighton, MA 02135 
(617) 782-3078 

William D. Finan 
1202 Creendale Avenue 
Unit #134 
Needham, MA 02492 


John D. Donovan 
12Coulton Park 
Needham, MA 02492 
(781) 449-0736 

Hello again! A relatively open win- 
ter up here in the northeast has eased 
our travel situation and raised the 
spirits of all but those few stalwart 
'39ers who are still ready to risk life 
and limb on the ski slopes or on 
those cross-country ski trails. Who 
are you? Most of us have either stayed 
put or have joined some of the "snow 
birds" who once again have flown 
south and west for sun, golf, relax- 
ation and even some tennis. • Florida 
and South Carolina have attracted 
the husband and wife combinations 
of Ann and Al Branca, Mar)' and 
Jim McGrath, Anna and Joe 
Sammartino, Flo and Paul Keane, 
and Elaine and John Lynch. • My 
wife Mary and I trekked west to 
Arizona for some desert time. Our 
absence reduced the attendance at 
the Laetare Sunday breakfast but 
hopefully all of us will be signing up 
and showing up for the big SLX-0 
(60th) Anniversary Mass, reception 
and luncheon in June. These notes 
will reach you on or about the Big 
Day! • Unhappily, we are still hear- 
ing too often about the recent deaths 
of some of our classmates. This time 
prayers are requested and will be 
appreciated for John O'Donnell, 
Richard Morris, Frank Zeimetz, 


Have you recently moved, 
changed jobs or gotten married? 
Call us to update your record 
so we can keep you up-to-date 
on friends, classmates and BC 
happenings. You can call (617) 
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and Raymond Underwood. The 

following brief notes do not do jus- 
tice to their careers and their fruitful 
lives but our space is limited. • John 
O'Donnell had retired from a long 
and successful career as a State De- 
partment diplomat who had served 
his country in nations throughout 
Europe and the Middle East. • Dick 
Morris was for some 25 years a Bos- 
ton High School English teacher 
and he had also been active in a 
family fruit and produce business. • 
Frank Zeimetr, our '39 track star, 
had enjoyed a happy family life and 
a successful business career in the 
ship building industry in Panama. 
Father Monan affectionately recalls 
him as a generous benefactor and as 
the coordinator of alumni and 
fundraising meetings in Florida. • 
And only a few days ago we learned 
of the death of Raymond 
Underwood in Hawaii. Ray had 
lived in Honolulu since 1946 and 
had during those years worked as a 
civilian employee of the U. S. Signal 
Corps at Ft. Shatter. • Our Trea- 
surer, Peter Kerr, has sent Mass 
cards from the Class of '39 to the 
families of these classmates. Let's 
hope that next time out we will have 
happier news — marriages, births, 
lottery winners, holes-in-one or even 
two, etc. Tomorrow is another day. 
Hope to see you at our June celebra- 
tion. Keep healthy. 


William F. joy, Esq. 
39 Everett Avenue 
Winchester, MA 01890 

Monsignor Bill Granville is now 

residing at the Regina Cleri Retire- 

ment Home for priests at Cardinal 
O'Connell Way, Boston. Its central 
location gives him a frequent walk- 
ing opportunity in downtown Bos- 
ton. • We had a nice telephone 
conversation recently with Father 
Francis X. Diskin, CSP. He 
sounded like his usual energetic self. 
He is located at St. Paul the Aposde 
Church, 415 West 59th Street, New 
York, NY 10019. • We note with 
sadness the following deaths: Mon- 
signor Charles W. McCarthy in 
December. He was for many years 
the chaplain at St. Elizabeth's Hos- 
pital. • Dr. Ted Finnerty was a 
noted dermatologist who died in 
Falmouth in January. • John J. 
Mulligan, Ph.D. died in King of 
Prussia, PA on January 2 1 . He taught 
at Boston College for 1 years and in 
1961 went to Villanova, where he 
taught for 27 years in the Depart- 
ment of Modern Language and Lit- 
erature. • Marjorie A. White of 
Milton died in February. She was the 
widow of classmate Harry White Jr. 
• Elaine Duffey-Zani died in Febru- 
ary at age 44, from complications 
following a bone-marrow transplant. 
Her husband is Richard M. Zani and 
she was the daughter of Mary and 
Tom Duffey. • Our condolences are 
extended to their families. 


James). Kiely, PhD 
2 Forest Lane 
S. Hingham, MA 02043 
(781) 749-2021 

Class notes for this issue are rather 
slight. Once again, classmates are 
being asked to submit information 
about themselves or their families 
for copy in the upcoming issues. • 
To begin with, we are saddened by 
the news that our classmate. Bud 
Long, died Friday, December 18, 
after a lengthy illness. He will cer- 
tainly be missed by his classmates 
and, especially, by his colleagues on 
our Executive Committee. Heart- 
felt condolences are herewith ex- 
tended to his widow, Madeline. • 
Making slow but steady recovery 
from their respective illnesses are 
Frank Galvani's wife, Madelaine, 
Rev. Gene Brissette, SJ and Rev. 
Ed Cowhig. Hopefully all three will 
be in attendance at our memorial 
Mass and luncheon in June. • Sam 
Colamaria has reported that Dr. 
Brendan Crotty is recuperating 
from an illness at the Norwood Hos- 
pital. • The Fall River archdiocesan 
newspaper, The Anchor, carried an 
article recendy about a pilgrimage 

to Rome and Assissi undertaken by 
3 local priests. Bishop Joe Maguire 
served as the retreat master for the 
group and concelebrated the various 
events with Bishop Sean O'Malley, 
presiding bishop of Fall River. • The 
January 1 5 Boston Herald featured an 
article recalling the notorious Brinks 
heist of January 17, 1950. Jack 
Kehoe, who played a prominent role 
in the pursuit and ultimate arrest of 
the criminals, was instrumental in 
"coaxing Specs O'Keefe into becom- 
ing a government witness." • A be- 
lated expression of appreciation is 
indeed due Bob Sliney, who for 
several years has coordinated and 
actively recruited classmates to at- 
tend the Laetare Sunday breakfast. 
On behalf of the class, Bob, please 
accept our thanks. • Have you 
marked your calendar for June 3 , the 
date of our memorial Mass and an- 
nual luncheon? Once again, this sig- 
nificant reunion will be held at Barat 
House on the Newton campus. If at 
all possible, please make every effort 
to attend. 


Gerard j. Joyce 
46 Ridge Rd. 
Milton, MA 02186 
(617) 698-7219 

I attended Fred Seeley's 80th sur- 
prise birthday party. Since his wife 
passed away, Fred keeps himself busy 
and young being close to his chil- 
dren and grandchildren like most of 
us. • Classmates celebrating their 
golden wedding anniversaries in 
1999 include Agnes and Frank 
Colpoys, Jan and Tom Flannagan, 
Betty and Tom Hickey, Constance 
and Leo Walsh. • Helen Stanton 
has recovered from a slight stroke. • 
Eleanor Maguire had a heart attack 
but is doing nicely. • I am reading a 
book Boston Catholics by Thomas H. 
O'Connor and recommend it highly; 
it also has the endorsement of Bob 
Drinan. • Father Joseph Downey, 
retired pastor of St. Joseph's Parish 
in Quincy received the clergy award 
for his many years of dedication to 
the Holy Name Society. • Received 
a lovely letter from Gerard L. 
LaRoche in Maryland, a friend of 
our class, and a former seminarian 
now happily retired. Boston College 
is in good hands with an excellent 
president in William P. Leahy SJ. 
And the presence of an outstanding 
church leader in Bernard Cardinal 
Law. At a reception in Naples Florida 
for Father Leahy were Frank 
Colpoys, Ernie Handy and Jim 

Stanton. • For high tech classmates 
e-mail notes directly to alumni. • John J. 
McGillicuddy of Westwood had a 
long career with die Federal Bureau 
of Investigation, later with New 
England Telephone. He leaves his 
wife Roberta and three sons John, 
Robert and Brian and a daughter 
Ann plus 10 grandchildren. • Father 
Antonio A. Cintolo of Framingham 
left Boston College after his sopho- 
more year to enter the seminary, and 
served in the Archdiocese of Boston 
for 53 years. He is survived by a 
loving family, primarily in Fram- 
ingham. • Best regards, Jerry Joyce. 


Thomas O'C. Murray 
14 Churchill Road 
W. Roxbury, MA 02132 
(617) 323-3737 

With great regret we must begin 
with a report of the loss of class- 
mates to their eternal reward. • Con- 
dolences to Mary and the family of 
Jim Sweeney who died December 
28, in Manchester, NH. Jim was an 
Army Air Corps vet and long time 
employee of the Grand Union Co. • 
With thanks to Bob O'Meara for 
the news, we extend our condolences 
to Margaret and the family of Dr. 
Bill MacDonald who died Febru- 
ary 17, in El Paso, TX. Bill was a 
career Army surgeon and was buried 
in Fort Bliss. • Further condolences 
are extended to Peg and the family 
ofjohn Day, who died February 28, 
in Milton. John was a "triple eagle," 
a Navy vet and long time CEO of the 
Mt. Washington Coop. Bank and 
very active in community affairs. • 
Our condolences extend to the fam- 
ily of Rev. Thaddeus Saja who died 
February 14. Father Saja left us be- 
fore graduation to attend St. John's 
seminary and was ordained in 1946; 
he served as pastor of St. Peter's in 
Norwood. • Finally, condolences to 
Charlie Drummey on the death of 
his wife Dorothy in December. • 
Notes taken from some dues returns: 
Many thanks to die following for 
their extra support of dues: Taylor 
Jim Harvey, Frank Lind and (again), 
Ed Moloney. Also, we must further 
thank these widows of classmates for 
their support: Dot Conlon, "Honey" 
Canale, Pat Crowley, Betty Grimes 
and Maureen Myers. • Maureen also 
tells us diat she has a great apart- 
ment in Boston available for a busi- 
nessman who must spend time during 
the week, but does not need the 



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space on weekends. Contact Maureen 
at (508) 432-2780 after 7 pm most 
days. • Had a quick note from Rev. 
Tom Heath who reports he will be 
back in the states "sometime" next 
year. • Speaking of the dues, we're 
happy to report that once again Jack 
Hayes was first in the returns! • 
From Golf Course Sq. John W. 
Connolly checks in with news: to- 
tally retired, was sorry to miss the 
50th, hopes to make next reunion, 
still considers himself a member of 
'43 despite getting his degree in '50 — 
due to war time service. • Our old 
"Heightsman," Frank Reade would 
welcome a card or two since he is 
mostly confined to home with macu- 
lar degeneration and needs oxygen 
help. • Late condolences now to 
Bernard Downey on the death of 
his wife Gloria, last October. • Our 
dues returns are coming in good 
fashion, with many notes to indicate 
"temporarily away" for those lucky 
ones enjoying the warmer climates. 
• In closing, please make note of the 
dates for our next class affairs: The 
Golf Day next June 7 at Wayland 
Golf Club and our annual Fall Fes- 
tival, Sunday, October 3rd, at the 
Newton Law School campus. Fur- 
ther details on both events will be 
mailed as the time approaches. • 
Last but not least, please make a 
further note to let your correspon- 
dent know what's going on in your 
lives! Thank you! 


James F. McSorley jr. 
1204 Washington Street 
N. Abington, MA 02351 
(781) 878-3008 

The news report for this issue will be 
brief due to the fact that your corre- 
spondent has been in the hospital 
since January 31 with breathing 
problems, etc. By the time you read 
this our 55 th reunion will have come 
and gone. So, in the next issue you 
will hear all about it. And, hopefully, 
I will have recovered enough by that 
time so that we will have seen you all 
at the reunion. 


Louis V. Sorgi 
5 Augusta Road 
Milton, MA 02186 
{617) 698-0623 

First, a correction from a printing 
error of the last column: Belated 

congratulations to Reverends Pat 
Kelley and Charles Logue on their 
50 years as priests! • The sympathy 
of the class for the family of Car- 
mine Belmonte of Beverly, who 
died in February. Carl was born in 
Revere and served in the Army in 
World War II. He taught at Maiden 
High School for 32 years and was 
director of education when he re- 
tired in 1 990. He was also director of 
Beverly's adult education program 
for 15 years and a member of the 
Knights of Columbus. He leaves his 
wife Adele; three sons, Paul of 
Beverly, Richard of Grafton, NH, 
and Matthew of Amesbury; a brother, 
Anthony, of Revere; a sister, Louise 
Picariello, of Revere; and seven 
grandchildren. • Jack Harvey was 
inducted into the BC Hall of Fame 
as part of the BC NCAA Hockey 
Champion Team of 1 949 at a special 
ceremony during the Jan. 9 BC 
hockey game in Conte Forum. This 
is the only NCAA Champion team 
that BC has had to date. Jack partici- 
pated with the team as assistant coach 
to Snooks Kelley. • We had our 
annual dinner hockey game event on 
Jan. 8 vs. Maine. We got hit with 
some bad winter weather, which re- 
duced our attendance. The Colberts, 
Herns, Loftuses, McCarthys, 
Kineavys, and Sorgis braved the snow 
and made it to the dinner and game. 

• By the time you read these notes 
you will have received the notice 
about our Bermuda Trip in the year 
2000. We will have a cruise and fly to 
Bermuda in May of next year. If you 
missed the notice and would like to 
come, give me a call. I don't guaran- 
tee that there will be a spot, but 
please try. It should be a great time. 

• I am sure that you are familiar with 
our Institute of Learning in Retire- 
ment (ILR) at BC. They have a spring 
and fall session at Alumni House 
with a great variety of programs to 
choose from. • Joe Dowd was chair- 
man and president of the ILR Coun- 
cil, but he retired and I was elected 
president with Dr. Al Branda as 
chairman. Watch for news about the 
fall session and give the executive 
director, Ann Whelan, a call at BC 
Alumni House if you are interested. 

• Your alma mater has received one 
of two $5.25 million grants from 
Social Security Administration to 
provide a base of research and infor- 
mation for the policy makers who 
are considering Social Security re- 
form. Kenneth Apfel, Social Secu- 
rity Commissioner said that the 
Center for Retirement would play a 
vital roll in finding solutions for 
Social Security problems. Druckner 
Professor of Management Sciences 
Alicia Munnell is director of the BC 

Center for Retirement Research 
where the project will take place. • 
Yours truly is now on e-mail, etc. 
My e-mail address is LVS If you have a com- 
puter, send me some news via e- 
mail. Talk to you later. 


Leo F. Roche, Esq. 

26 Sargent Road 
Winchester, MA 01890 
(781) 729-2340 


Richard J. Fitzgerald 
P.O. Box 171 
Falmouth, MA 02556 
(508) 563-6168 

Jim Kiley's family had quite an ex- 
perience last October while attend- 
ing the canonization of Edith Stein. 
One miracle documenting the mi- 
raculous recovery of a family friend's 
daughter, Theresa Benedicta 
McCarthy. The Kileys were at the 
rear of the huge crowd of 40,000, 
when a security guard spotted John, 
who has been wheelchair-bound 
since 1980. His brotherwheeled him 
to the papal altar, where he received 
a personal blessing. As it happened, 
a Boston Herald photographer re- 
corded the incident, not knowing of 
his Boston connection. The photo 
was prominently featured on Octo- 
ber 15, 1998. • Jim also reports Joe 
Figurito is still active at BC. He 
actually never left, has been on the 
faculty for his career. He retired 
recently, but still teaches one class a 
week in the language department. • 
Sorry to report the death of Frank 
Sidlauskas last December. Frank 
had been active in the Dramatic So- 
ciety, later earned a master's at Yale 
in drama. He taught drama at BC, 
founded the Theatre Arts Division 
at BU, and worked extensively in 
public relations. 


Rev. John H. Flynn 
c/o Regina Cleri Residence 
60 O'Connell Way 
Boston, MA 02114 
(617) 557-4°'° 

We are saddened to report the death 
of our former class president John 
F. Best, who was buried from Holy 


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Name Church, West Roxbury. John 
was at one time headmaster at Hyde 
Park High School during the diffi- 
cult days when racial tensions were 
high. John is survived by his wife 
Sally (O'Brien) and six children. 
Burial was in the National Veterans 
Cemetery in Bourne. John had been 
in bad health for some time but 
bravely attended the Golden Eagle 
ceremony during our 50th Jubilee 
Weekend. Rest in peace, John! At- 
tendants at the Mass included Bill 
Melville and Bill Noonan. • We 
received a sweet note from Louise 
Callahan the widow of Fred 
Callahan who passed away in No- 
vember. Louise extends her thanks 
to those classmates who attended 
the funeral mass at St. Ignatius 
Church, Chestnut Hill. Those in- 
cluded Irene and Bill Melville and 
Paul Lannon. • Thanks to Eve 
Herbert for sending along a photo 
of those classmates taken during our 
2 5 th anniversary celebration. We all 
changed a bit since 1973! • Al 
DeVito and Gene Nash — both en- 
joying the present warmth of 
Florida — are definitely planning to 
run a class golf tournament some- 
time in the spring. The details will 
be sent along in a future letter to all 
classmates. • Our '48 class gift, a 
granite marker, has been recovered 
and replaced by the ground crew at 
BC. The marker was returned to its 
original site on the road leading to 
Bapst Library. Happy to say the 
marker is whole and entire. • We're 
looking forward to Tim Buckley's 
wedding on the 8th of May. More 
news later concerning this happy 
event. • Coming back from a 10-day 
cruise as the priest-chaplain on the 
Statendam, I spent a few pleasant 
days with Millicent and Jim Hogan 
at their Fort Lauderdale home. They 


both seem to enjoy their role as 
Florida residents, while also spend- 
ing their summers in Rye Beach. 



I M A Y 21 ■ 24 ■ 1 9 99 

William H. Flaherty Jr. 
44 Concord Road 
Billerica, MA 01821 
(978) 670-1449 

This is an awkward time to write our 
class notes. These will be read in 
early June — the Spring 99 issue. By 
that time, our 50th reunion will be 
history and just a golden memory. I 
am looking forward to it. • A few 
notes over the past month informed 
me of the passing of fellow class- 
mates Bill Reams and William E. 
Hogan. Bill Kearns passed away on 
March 22, 1997 and Bill Hogan died 
July 31, 1998. A recent letter from 
Joe Cautela mentioned Bill Kearns' 
passing. Bill was a member of Joe's 
investment group. Bill Hogan died 
of sudden cardiac arrest while in 
Montreal, Quebec, on his way to a 
cruise ship in that city. After serving 
three years in the U.S. Air Force, 
Bill began teaching at BC Law School 
in '55. He was a Ford Foundation 
Scholar at Harvard during his stay at 
BC and earned his SJD from there in 
'63. He joined the Cornell Law 
School faculty in '60 and remained 
there until 1980 with several sab- 
batical leaves spent at Harvard, 
Stanford, Columbia and the Uni- 
versity of Minnesota Law School. In 
1981, he became a faculty member 
at the NYU Law School and retired 
from there in '91. • Also received a 
lovely note from Mrs. George Herr 
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a 
check for our 50th Anniversary Gift. 
I turned it over to the committee 
under President John McQuillan. 
John tells me the Gift Committee is 
very hard at work and will have great 
news when we gather with Father 
Leahy on Reunion Weekend. *Just 
received Father Leahy's congratula- 
tory letter for the yearbook. Father 
Monan's is on the way. • Joe 
Cautela's investment group also had 
classmate Joe Quinn. Joe was re- 
cently inducted into the BC Athletic 
Hall of Fame as a member of the 
1949 National Champion Hockey 
Team, during a recent game at Conte 
Forum. Our class was well repre- 
sented at the game. • Classmates 
Collins, Nuccio, Emmons, St. Andre, 
Ciampa, Forkin, Galvin, Waite, 
Cohan, Rogerson, Prince, Travers, 
Meany, Gildeo, O'Neil, Doherty, 
McQuillan, Flaherty, Dakeesian, 
Driscoll, and Whelton were there to 

root for the old home team. . ..Ritchie 
wasn't there, I think. • Clearing Out 
the Garage Depart?//ent: came across 
the BC Alumni News for the winter 
of '63 . Rev. Michael Walsh was presi- 
dent of the college. Bob Curran and 
Walter McGauley were the class 
correspondents. • Our class held its 
biannual dinner at Alumni Hall to 
elect Jim McEttrick, president; Joe 
Lane, VP; Ed Tedesco, secretary; 
and Bill Abely, treasurer. • The 
C.B.A. Silver Anniversary Ball and 
Dinner Dance preceding the Holy 
Cross game found the class well rep- 
resented with Dick Bruno, Randy 
Cameron, Dan Davidson, Bill Abely, 
Joe Lane, Bill Murdock, and Bill 
Harney present. • Bill Cohan is still 
traveling. He just returned from 
Tunisia and other exotic places in- 
cluding East Boston. • Bill McCool, 
as I write, is on his way to Australia. 
Maybe we can get Cohan and 
McCool to do a travelogue if we 
have any dead spots on Reunion 
Weekend. • Laetare Sunday is the 
next event on the Golden Eagle Cal- 
endar. McQuillan had already sold 
30 tickets before he left for Arizona. 
We would like 50 at the breakfast. 
Bill Cohan will continue to canvas 
classmates to fill up the '49 section. 
The Reunion Weekend is shaping 
up to be a fantastic time. I hope 
every member of the class who can 
will take the opportunity to spend 
several days as guests of the college. 


John A. Dewire 
15 Chester Street, #31 
Cambridge, MA 02140 
(617) 876-1461 

Miss Frances McConville, a gradu- 
ate of the In town School is a retired 
special education teacher living in 
Great-Kills, NY. Since her retire- 
ment in '79 she has been doing 
volunteer work at Seaview Rehab- 
ilitation Center and Home, where 
she pushed people in wheelchairs to 
church services. She still volunteers 
at Camp St. Edwards in Pleasant 
Plains, NY and at her parish. In her 
free time she knits bonnets and baby 
clothes for premature or poor in- 
fants born in Sister of Charity Medi- 
cal Center, St. Vincent's Campus. 
However, teaching still gives her the 
most joy. She tutored one nine-year- 
old boy, a quadriplegic with cerebral 
palsy, to prepare for his confirma- 
tion. The weekly religious instruc- 
tive sessions turned into free reading 
lessons several times a week, for sev- 

eral years. Her friendship with the 
boy, now 15, still endures. • Our 
class president and his committee 
are now planning for our 50th Anni- 
versary next year. I hope to have 
information on the subject in the 
next issue of this magazine. • I spent 
a most interesting two weeks in 
China last December. There are 1.5 
million cars in Beijing alone. There 
were traffic jams all day long. 70 
percent of the people work in agri- 
culture. It takes a lot of farmers to 
feed 1.4 billion people. There was 
construction going on everywhere. I 
did not have to be a "Philadelphia 
lawyer" to figure out that China is 
no longer a backward country. The 
people, "the man on the street" were 
outgoing and most friendly towards 
Americans. • The BC Alumni Asso- 
ciation informs me that those of you 
who are connected to the Internet 
and want to submit notes electroni- 
cally may do so by sending a direct e- 
mail to 
They will forward the material to 
me. • Robert Browning died Octo- 
ber 4, 1996 in Hudson, NH. • Bob 
and Pat Savage visited Larry Coen 
in Florida last December, 1998. Bob 
reports that his daughter-in-law 
(Rob's wife) presented them with a 
new grandson. His name is Shane 
Robert Savage. Ten and one-half 
pounds when born, he will be in the 
BC class of 2 02 1 . Bob Savage is look- 
ing forward to our 50th class re- 
union in 2000. 


Ann Fulton Cote 
11 Prospect Street 
Winchester, MA 01890 

We are saddened by news of the 
sudden death of Mary Kyne Maze 
'50 on December 23, from compli- 
cations of asthma. Her dear friend, 
Joan Mitchell Curran '50 has writ- 
ten me "that from the first day we 
met, Mary had a special joie de vivre 
that never changed through all the 
years. She was a cherished friend." 
After graduation from Newton, 
Mary earned a master's degree from 
State Teachers College in Boston. 
Mary has lived in the Washington, 
DC area since 1963 after overseas 
sojourns in Germany, Lebanon and 
Turkey where her husband was 
posted with the Foreign Service. She 
worked at the National Institute of 
Health as a physician liaison and 
continued to volunteer at the Insti- 
tute after retirement in 1992. She 
was active in her parish as a lector, 
Eucharist minister, sodalitv officer, 

Parish Times reporter and parish 
council. Mary was committed to 
Sacred Heart education, and worked 
tirelessly for the A.A.S.H. How sad 
it is that the national meeting this 
April will take place in Washington, 
DC without her. She is survived by 
her husband Chet, a son, Charles 
and daughters Marianne, Elizabeth 
and three grandchildren. To them 
we extend our sympathy and prayers. 
• Please remember the cluster re- 
union for '50— '53 on April 28-30, 
2000. Agroup of us (Helen Sweeney 
Doyle '50, Connie Ryan Egan '50, 
Mary Lou Julian Natoli '50, Jeanne 
Hannon Grace '52, Alice Reardon 
Porrell '52, Polly Heenan Sullivan 
'52, and Barbara Gould Henry '53) 
had lunch at my house last Novem- 
ber along with Kristen Foley from 
the Alumni Office. We continued 
our discussion about plans for this 
event. We all felt time melt away, 
and the same ease we always experi- 
enced brought joy and laughter. 


Robert L. Sullivan 
78 Phillips Brook Road 
Westwood, MA 02090 
(781) 326-5980 

A special thanks to Jack Casey for 
taking over the class notes for the 
last issue while I was laid up in the 
hospital. I'm happy to report that 
I'm completely recovered and am 
enjoying the warm and sunny 
weather of Florida with Jackie, my 
best pal and wife of 42 years. • I 
received a letter from Joe O'Shea, 
who was our class treasurer in '50 
and '51. Joe and his wife Alice live in 
Wayland, and have four children, 
two boys and two girls. Tim and 
Tom were outstanding college bas- 
ketball players, Tim at BC, where he 
is presently associate head basket- 
ball coach and Tom at the Univer- 
sity of Vermont. Tom is presently 
the head basketball coach at St. 
Michael's College. Joe's daughter 
Peggy has seven children and his 
daughter Maureen has two children. 
Joe states that the grand total is 14 
grandchildren. Joe is semiretired but 
continues to stay active as a 
Manufacturer's Representative in the 
shoe and leather business. • Your 
2001 Committee continues to work 
on our 50th. A lot of our classmates' 
locations are unknown to the col- 
lege. It's difficult to get in touch 
with them, not knowing where they 
are and, sadly, if they are still with 
us. In the next issue, we'll publish 
some names and perhaps our read- 




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552-3440 to change your record 
by phone, fax (617) 552-0077, 
e-mail, or drop 
a postcard to Boston College 
Information Services, More Hall 
220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 

ers will have news of them. • Please 
call or write and let us know where 
you are and what you're doing. 


Edward L. Englert Jr., Esq. 
128 Colberg Avenue 
Roslindale. MA 02131 
(617) 323-1500 

Received a lot of notes from Florida. 
We heard from: Jim Mulrooney, 
Tom Cullinan, Jack Donovan, who 

is looking forward to the St. Patrick's 
Day parade, Dave Fitzpatrick, Dick 
Duffee, Dick McLaughlin, Dick 
Shuman, Bob Doherty, Jim Twohig, 
Frank O'Leary, Marie Kelly, Dave 
Murphy, Paul Donovan, Dick Mayo, 
Dick O'Connor, Al Sexton and Jim 
Leonard, who is taking a cruise with 
Fr. Paul Rynne. • Cape Codders 
saying "hello" were: Jim Smith, Rita 
Walsh McGowan, Dick McCabe, 
who is in a nursing home in North 
Falmouth, Dave Good, Phil 
Mitchell, Bill Gallagher MD, Larry 
Welch, Paul Smith, Alex Morgan, 
Bernie Cullen, George Gallant, Vin 
Greene, Paul Woods, Dan McFeeley 
and Ed Gallivan. • Saying "hello" 
from New Hampshire were: Art 
Farley, Joe O'Sbaughnessy, Jack 
Leary, who just returned from a 
visit with daughter, Beth and his 
"West Coast" grandson in Granada 
Hills, CA, Bill Doherty, who is on 
his way to Naples, Mary Lynch, 
who is still bowling in the high num- 
bers, Tim Ring, Gerry Olsen, John 
Clifford and Al Casassa. • "Best 
wishes" from CT from Dick Fleming 
MD, Bill Falvey, Paul McPherson 
and Stasia Bishop and from Joe Caff 
in RI. • From CA we heard from: 

Larry Whelan, Dich Schwartz, who 

is active in politics in San Jose, Gary 
Gammel, Mary Beth Hughes 
Naeger, Tom O'Maley, Dick 
Callahan, Eric Johnson, Tim 
Thorton and Kathlyn Kahle who is 
having an incredible retirement 
keeping up with leisure activities. • 
Virginians who sent "hellos" were: 
Boh Grossman, who is now retired 
and enjoying seven grandchildren. 
When not golfing, Kenneth Flynn, 
who was with the CIA in Asia for 45 
years and is now retired, Bill Killoran, 
Walter McDonough, Dr. Bob 
Gaughan and Bob Suleski, who en- 
joys his grandchildren and playing 
the stock market. • From the north- 
ern borders in MN we heard from 
Jim Nichols and Dana Doherty 
who sent word his son isaLt.Comdr. 
in USCG in Hawaii, daughter Sally 

has a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon 
in electrical engineering, and Frank 
is in J. AG. in DC • From Wisconsin 
John Ricci wrote that Paul Enos 
has retired and is moving to Amelia 
Island, FL. • We received "greet- 
ings" from NYfromJoe Chilsholm, 
John Kastberg, who has retired and 
Frank Torpey; • PA from Frank 
Hogan; • NJ from Nick Gallinaro 
and Ed Joyce; • GA from Paul 
Doucette and Tom O'Connell; • 
MA from Joe Cunningham, Gerry 
Beaulieu, George Cyr and Boh 
Shea, who is soon to become a grand- 
father for the first time after 44 
years — to twins! • Tom McGowan 
has retired after 3 7 years with Boeing 
and lives in Mesa, AZ. • Bill Walsh 
says "hello" from IL, Dave Sullivan 
and Tim O'Connell from OH; and 
Hugh Donaghue from DE, are 


BC Alumni Association Board of Directors members Catherine 
Beyer Hurst '66 and Ro Golden Simmons '67 traveled to 
Washington, DC on March 7 to attend the sixth Springtime Tea of 
DC area graduates. Adrienne Tarr Free '67 coordinates this 
annual event. Each year, about 50 alumnae attend (and not always 
the same 50!), representing 25 percent of the alumnae who live in 
DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Joanne Manning Anderson '64 was 
the gracious hostess at her home in Chevy Chase, MD. Joanne will 
help Kathy Doran Hegenbart '67 assemble a DC team to support 
the Newton College Alumnae Professorship in Western Culture 
fund drive. • Aspecial reception for Newton College alumnae in the 
Boston area was held on Thursday, March 11, at the McMullen 
Museum of Art on the BC campus, in conjunction with the "Saints 
and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image" exhibit. This 
exciting exhibit featured the Taking of Christ by Caravaggio, a 
painting that had been lost for 200 years, and was rediscovered in a 
Jesuit residence in Dublin in 1993. Newton women were treated to 
private tours and a special gallery talk by the director of the 
museum, Nancy Netzer acknowledged Newton's pivotal influence 
in the development of a fine arts tradition at BC, after the university 
acquired Newton's art faculty, students, program and facilities in 
1975. These echoed remarks made by Father Donald Monan, SJ, 
Chancellor of Boston College, at an event held earlier. One hun- 
dred eleven people attended this event. • The Newton Book Club, 
under the management of Ros Moore '66 and the muse of Sister 
Elizabeth White, RSCJ, forged onward with discussions of City of 
Darkness, City of Light by Marge Piercy and Wings of the Dove by 
Henry James. • On March 26, at BC's annual Distinguished 
Volunteers Award Dinner, Kathy Doran Hegenbart '67 was 
awarded the Griffin Class Agent Award for her work on the Newton 
College Professorship in Western Culture. Over $500,000 has been 
raised which will endow a permanent legacy at Boston College in 
the name of Newton College alumnae. 

heading for Florida. • We also re- 
ceived a note from Joe Grace in 
Vilnius, Lithuania. Joe retired and is 
now teaching Japanese literature at 
Vilnius University on a grant from 
Japan. He is helping to rebuild a 
nation that was under Soviet occu- 
pation for 50 years. • Others send- 
ing regards were Mary McLaughlin, 
Mary Lovett, Joe Miett, Charlie 
Hanafin, John Hughes, who recently 
remarried, Joe Ottaviano, who still 
practices law, Tom Hannon, whose 
daughter, Valerie, recently passed 
the bar in MA and NY. Jerry Dacey, 
who is part-time director of market- 
ing at Colonial Federal Savings Bank, 
Lex Blood, Joe Doyle, Gene Giroux, 
Maryalice Gallagher, Annette Law- 
less Lyons, Fred Tarpey, Gene 
McMorrw, George McConnick, 
Frank O'Brien, (Roslindale) who 
spent a week in Fredericksburg, TX 
with Justin Laforet, Tom Megan, 
who is golfing in Vero Beach, Tom 
Nee, Pat Chard O'Neil, Bill Curtin, 
Bob Freeley, Fred O'Sullivan, Jim 
Birmingham, Tom O'Keefe, who re- 
cently celebrated his birthday with 
all 10 children and all 20 grandchil- 
dren, Mary McCabe, Jack 
Monahan, Emil Macura, who re- 
tired after 39 years at Liberty Mu- 
tual, John Nylancher, Terry 
McCoy, Liz Cronin, Anthony 
Vignore, who practices law with son 
John, and daughter Janet; Lois 
Doyle, Dick Tilley, Dan Duggan, 
Barry Driscoll, Larry Durkee and 
Anthony Loscocco. • Bill Gauthier 
says he remembers when everybody 
came from Boston and he was a 
stranger from Taftville, CN. • "Best 
wishes" from Fr. Tom Murray, Dr. 
Art Powell, John O'Connor, Addie 
Powers, Murray Viehl, John 
Kellaher, Dick Driscoll, Mike 
McCarthy, Fr. Harry Jennings, Herb 
Emilson, Msgr. Peter Martocchio, 
Henry Keefe, Joe Sheehan, Bob 
Allen, Jim Callahan, DickMcBride, 
Dick Bangs, Frank O'Brien in New- 
ton, Frank McGonagle, Paul 
Kinnaly, Bernie Dwyer, Kirwin 
MacMillan, Paul O'Neil, Jim 
Kenneally, Hugh Doyle, Tom Dolan 
and Fred Meagher. • Rounding out 
the group, we heard from Fr. Paul 
Curran who is now stationed in 
Whitman, Bill Doyle, Steve Casey, 
John Paul Sullivan, Jim O'Leary, 
Paul Nolan, Joe Muscato, Joe Shay, 
Larry W. Sullivan, Bill Terrio, John 
Kennedy, Frank McDermott, Paul 
Flynn, Tom McElroy, Frank 
Sullivan, Bill Newell and John 
Loughman, who says he has no aches, 
no pains, no medication, no doctors, 
sleeps the whole night and eats and 
drinks everything he wants. 'John — 
I would settle for any two of those 


luxuries, but are you sure you are 
still alive? That's it. Please send news! 


Robert W. Kelly 
98 Standish Road 
Watertown, MA 02472 
(617) 926-0121 

While I am sure that you are all 
aware of the misprint in the last class 
notes, let us make the record clear. 
We have a balance of slightly more 
than $100,000 in the Joseph Greer 
scholarship fund, not the millions 
mentioned. • We are continuing our 
dues efforts, and set our date for the 
Caravaggio exhibit. The Alumni 
Magazine had a comprehensive ar- 
ticle on the exhibit, however we 
hoped to draw a good crowd. Due to 
the timing of our events and the 
publication of the Alumni Magazine 
there is a three- to four-month delay 
in reporting on the results. Our June 
2nd gold outing falls into that cat- 
egory. • In keeping with the Jesuit 
teaching of being "men for others" 
your class committee voted a $100 
donation to Second Helping. As you 
may know, the Alumni Association 
sponsors a fleet of three trucks cur- 
rently that collects food around the 
City of Boston for the homeless shel- 
ters. • Dick Horan gave us an up- 
date on the potential changing 
landscape on the campus. He is a 
member of the Buildings Commit- 
tee as a member of the board of 
trustees. Higgins Hall is undergoing 
an $80 million upgrade for the biol- 
ogy and physics departments. • Sev- 
eral members of the class were in 
attendance at the BC Club of Cape 
Cod Christmas party held at the 
Coonamesset Inn in Dartmouth. Dr. 
Ralph Murphy, Bob Sullivan, Aus- 
tin Smith, Paul Coughlin, Matt 
Flaherty and Gerry McLaughlin 
shared adjoining tables with their 
wives. The Valentine's party saw 
class representation by Henry 
O'Brien, Tom Casey, Jim Livingston 
and Dick Farley. • Rev. Joe 
Appleyard, SJ, VP of Mission and 
Ministry was interviewed by the BC 
Chronicle on February 1 8th. A brief 
summary of some of his comments 
which we think are of interest to 
alumni: Father noted that most stu- 
dents enter BC with an undernour- 
ished religious experience due to our 
cultural emphasis on sports enter- 
tainment and academic success. In 
the Jesuit tradition he denotes a suf- 
ficient number of programs more 
than amply supported by students 
that provided thirst-quenching op- 

portunities for values and meaning. 
On diversity, Father sees a need to 
learn from others not just learn to 
tolerate others. • On the recent let- 
ter and card you received in the mail, 
we understand that you had many 
options. We would like to remind 
you of our interest in your e-mail 
addresses. If many of you are com- 
puter literates, we may establish a 
correspondent network. 

the late Anna Shea, and leaves be- 
hind five children. Robert was a 
Korean War veteran. 



M A Y 21 - 24 . 1 9 9 9 

David F. Pierre 

PO Box 72 

Prides Crossing, (VIA 01965 

(978) 927-1149 

A group of class members back in 
February attended the BC/UNH 
hockey game. It was one of the more 
exciting games of the season, ending 
in a 2-2 tie. Among those present 
were Pat and Bob King, Mary and 
John McCourt, Margaret and Dan 
Miley, Lori and Lou Torino, Mary 
and Murray Regan, Bill Maguire, 
Leo Maguire, Sal DeLuca, Ed 
Evangelista, Dick Hughes, Len 
Matthews and Dave Pierre. Some of 
the group gathered for dinner at the 
Stockyard Inn before the game. 
Colonel John Krim reported in 
from Bentonville, Arkansas, to tell 
us that he sold his H&R Block fran- 
chise, and is now "fully retired. "John 
and his wife, Mai, have been married 
for 42 years and have four children 
and seven grandchildren. Last win- 
ter they went to Fort Myers to see 
the Red Sox play, and met up with 
Carol and Dick Foley. A large con- 
tingent from Naples also attended. 
William Donahoe Jr. tells us that 
he is retired and plans on traveling 
to Australia this year. Lia and 
Norman Brodeur have been mar- 
ried since 1954, and have five chil- 
dren and six grandchildren. He 
retired from Charles Stark Draper 
Lab in 1993. John McGrath has 
retired after serving as an assistant 
chief probation officer at the 
Woburn court for 32 years. Judge 
Jerry J. Massell reported that he 
hosted a mini-reunion for the BC/ 
ND football game with a group of 
BC grads, including Herb 
McCauley and Paul Dillon. Will- 
iam McManus retired back in June 
of 1 998. He has six children, three of 
whom are BC grads. Daniel Clifford 
is retired, living in Maine after 40 
years as a social worker. He has eight 
children and nine grandchildren, 
with one more on the way. We were 
saddened to learn that Robert Shea 
passed away. He was the husband of 


Marie J. Kelleher 
12 Tappan Street 
Melrose, MA 02176 
(781) 665-2669 

"The eagle has landed," so sayeth 
Lynn Strovink-Daukas at the top 

of a calendar announcing the birth 
of her first grandchild. Lynn made a 
special graphic with a picture of 
Austin plus the BC eagle acting as 
the stork to memorialize his descent 
from two BC grads. Since baby Aus- 
tin measured 23 inches at birth, the 
family wonders if he will be taller 
than his grandfather, Tony. Tell me, 
Tony, have you bought him the 
Fisher-Price basketball set-up yet? 
Little Austin couldn't have a better 
first basketball coach! As a further 
tie-in to BC, Austin's dad, Mark, 
sculpts magnificent eagles in his pro- 
fession. By the time you are reading 
this column, Lynn and Tony's el- 
dest son, Vincent, will probably have 
presented them with their second 
grandchild. Unless I have a synaptic 
interruption, (i.e., a memory lapse), 
on March 14th, I shall take the an- 
nouncement with me to the Laetare 
Sunday Communion Breakfast, so 
all of our classmates who are there 
can meet the latest member of the 
Class of '55 Grandbabies Club. • I 
can't leave the subject of basketball 
without a trip down memory lane. 
Because we, as nursing students, were 
the only undergraduate women in 
the day college until 1952, ours was 
the only BC women's basketball 
team. An update for those of you 
who don't get to read the Boston 
newspapers — women's basketball is 
now a varsity sport and the current 
team played in the Big East champi- 
onships and expects to be invited to 
the NCAA championship tourna- 
ment. Their coach was the coach of 
the year for the Big East and two of 
the freshmen were on the All Rookie 
Team. How's that for a legacy? • 
Jim Grady responded to my request 
for news by sending me a note. He 
and Barbara are now living along the 
Cape Cod Canal and enjoying re- 
tirement. Jim was recently elected to 
a five-year term on the Bourne Plan- 
ning Board and is enjoying interact- 
ing with the Cape Cod Commission 
on a variety of projects. • Another 
response to my most recent column 
came in the form of a phone call 
from Richard King. He retired as a 

Lt. Colonel and is spending his days 
in Florida playing golf, among other 
leisure activities. • Christmas cards 
and letters also brought some news: 
Marguerite Blais Dannemillersent 
word that, with the addition of her 
eighth grandchild, she was to have 
21 members of her family home for 
the holidays. • Barbara Winklehofer 
Wright and her husband, Walt were 
to spend Christmas in Santa Fe get- 
ting acquainted with their two new 
grandchildren, both of whom have 
come into the family from Russia. 
Dmitri celebrated his second birth- 
day here in the USA, while Maksim, 
who is eight, arrived on Labor Day 
weekend. • Jim Alvord reported that 
he is still enjoying his work in sales 
and marketing and does not plan on 
retiring in the near future. Jim's note 
also contained the sad news that his 
little grandchild, Isabel, had become 
one of God's chosen angels. The 
loss of a child must be one of the 
most difficult things to endure so I 
know I speak for all of you in offer- 
ing prayers that their faith, which is 
such a strong part of their lives, will 
continue to support Jim and Barbara 
as well as Isabel's parents, James and 
Betsy in their grief. • A final note — 
Watch your mail!!! Info about the 
45th anniversary year will be arriv- 
ing either in the late summer or 
early fall. 


Jane Quigley Hone 
425 Nassau Ave. 
Manhasset, NY 11030 
(516) 627-0973 


Steve Barry 

11 Albamont Road 

Winchester, MA 01890 

(781) 729-6389 

Finally, it has happened! As you can 
see from the address above, I have 
been "dragged" (not quite kicking 
and screaming) onto the Internet. If 
you have news and access to e-mail, 
you can reach me there. • Speaking 
of the Internet, an e-mail from Rev. 
John Surette, SJ reached me 
through the Alumni Association (I 
won't have to bother them any more). 
Some time ago, I had written about 
"Spiritearth," which he had co- 
founded and is now directing, which 
is an international network of people 
whose focus is "contemplation, re- 



flection, and justice-making in the 
ecozoic age." Fr. John is now living 
in Kingston, Jamaica, where he is 
nurturing the activities in the Carib- 
bean. He misses Boston and offers 
his e-mail address, spiearth®, for anyone who 
wants to contact him. • Further up- 
date on our fall football event: we 
donated seven unsold tickets to the 
Mission Grammar School and re- 
ceived several enthusiastic thankyou 
letters from the children, saying they 
were sorry that BC lost but they had 
a wonderful time. • After enjoying 
the First Night festivities in Boston, 
Leo Power and Kathy retired to 
their son's condo in the North End, 
having evicted him for the night. • 
I'll report later on spring activities, 
including the Laetare Sunday Com- 
munion Breakfast, Second Helping 
(a gala evening and auction to ben- 
efit a BC project that collects food 
for the homeless), and our dinner at 
the BC Club in Boston. I wrote about 
the club earlier, and it has been so 
successful that membership has been 
closed. • Class pride department: I 
haven't yet found out who is tooling 
around the Greater Boston area in a 
car that has BC56 on its registration 
plate. As soon as I hear, I'll tell the 
world. • College pride department: 
BC's McMullen Art Museum has 
been drawing rave reviews for its 
exhibits. The most recent one in- 
cludes a Caravaggio painting that 
had been missing for decades, if not 
centuries. It was discovered in the 
dining room of a Jesuit residence in 
Dublin, Ireland, darkened by an ac- 
cumulation of smoke, dust and gen- 
eral grime. The McMullen Museum 
is its only exhibition in the US. • In 
the last issue, I mentioned seeing 
classmate Jim Brosnahan on The 
News Hour with Jim Lehrer on Public 
Broadcasting System, criticizing the 
independent counsel law. Willjack- 
son, president of High Rock Associ- 
ates in Needham, sent along a note 
that he had seen Jim testifying against 
the nomination of Chief Justice Wil- 
liam Rehnquist to the Supreme 
Court. • Will reports that he re- 
cently met Joe Russell, shortstop 
on the baseball team with Jim, and 
that he's doing well, apart from the 
assorted aches and pains that we all 
are falling prey to. Will also passed 
along the news that the late Tom 
Duffy's son David has been named 
head football coach at Needham 
High School. Tom had been a 
standout football player at Needham 
before attending BC. • Will 
Jackson's note also reports the pass- 
ing of Joe Ahern, who was a super- 
visor at the Division of Medical 
Services in Charlestown and who 

also spent many hours in BC's 
fundraising campaigns. Originally 
from Dorchester, Joe lived in West 
Roxbury during his lateryears. Please 
remember Joe and our other class- 
mates who may be ill or who have 
gone to their reward. • A final note: 
if this reaches you before the annual 
Alumni Ballot, don't forget to vote 
for Margie Murphy as director out 
more than 10 years. Carolyn Foley's 
husband, Dan, is on the nominating 
committee. • Please keep the letters 
and calls coming (and now the e- 
mails); it's a pleasure to hear from 
you and pass the news along. For 
example: Has anyone out there 
retired? Taken any trips? Been pro- 
moted? Taken on new responsi- 
bilities? Busted buttons with pride 
over accomplishments of offspring? 


Francis E. Lynch 
27 Arbutus Lane, P.O. Box 1287 
W. Dennis, MA 02670 
(508) 398-5368 

A class midwinter hockey event took 
place with BC vs. UNH on February 
20, 1999 at Conte Forum. Class- 
mates that attended; Ed Brickley, 
Norma Cacciamani, Ed Coakley, Bill 
Cunningham, John Daly, Don 
Hallisey, Lawrence Hojlo, Robert 
Huber, John & Dome Keliher, Peg 
Kenney, Myles McCabe, Bill 
McQueeney, Ed Miller, Paul 
O'Leary, and John Wissler. A re- 
ception followed in the president's 
luxury box, high above rinkside. A 
good time was had by all. • The class 
board of directors met at Alumni 
House on March 9, 1999. The fol- 
lowing board members were present; 
Ed Brickley, Bill McQueeney, 
Norma Cacciamani, Anna Mary 
Dooley Stewart, Betty & Jim Turley, 
Paul O'Leary, Frank Lynch, Jim 
Devlin, Myles McCabe, Paul 
McNulty, and Bill Tobin. Agenda 
meeting items included a review of 
class dues, the Laetare Sunday Com- 
munion Breakfast, a class web page, 
a spring class go-away, and a fall 
football event. • A class web page is 
currently being entertained. Jim 
Devlin, Dave McAvoy and Bill 
Tobin are busy looking into the 
prospects of going online in con- 
junction with the master BC web 
page for all our classmates to access. 
I will keep you posted on the out- 
come of this project. • A class "Go- 
Away" was also planned for the dates 
of May 14th through May 16, 1999 
at the New Seabury Country Club 
on Cape Cod. Bill Cunningham 

and Jack Joyce were cochairing this 
event. I will pass on further details in 
the next issue of the BCM. • A fall 
football event is planned for Octo- 
ber 2, 1999, including the BC vs. 
Northeastern game, a postgame class 
Mass, and dinner reception at Gasson 
Hall. A mailing will go out late sum- 
mer covering all the details of this 
special millennium event. • Bill 
Cunningham is a candidate for VP 
elect on the BC Alumni ballot. At 
this writing, the class extends the 
best of luck to Bill. Balloting is in 
May over Commencement weekend. 
I will report on further election re- 
sults in the next BCM class column. 
• Barbara Cosgrove and husband, 
Tom, are now living permanently in 
Eastharn on the Cape. They are go- 
ing to try it for a year while yet 
maintaining their other home in 
Brighton. Barbara retired a year ago 
from Mass. General Hospital but 
still is doing a small amount of part 
time work with St. Elizabeth's. Bar- 
bara sends along her best to all. • 
Norma DeFeo Cacciamani was an 
advisor to the Job Fair Program that 
was recently held at the new BC 
Downtown Club in Boston. Norma 
mentioned that over two hundred 
seniors participated in this Alumni 
career program. • Thomas P. 
Johnson is working in Fort Lauder- 
dale, FL as a Professor in the Col- 
lege of Education at Florida 
International University. He teaches 
graduate courses in human resource 
development. He is also on the La- 
bor Panel of the American Arbitra- 
tion Association in Boston and 
Miami. Tom and his wife, Beverly, 
recently celebrated their 40th wed- 
ding anniversary. Tom also men- 
tioned that they bought some new 
property in Harwichport on the 
Cape. • Bill McQueeney and his 
wife, Jane, became grandparents for 
the fourth time. Shannon Marie 
Kearney, parents of Maureen 
McQueeney Kearney and husband 
Kevin, was born on February 18, 
1 999 weighing in at six lbs., 1 3 oz. • 
Bill and Anne Tobin recently were 
in London and plan to travel Italy 
and Greece in April. Bill has also 
been hitting the ski slopes in central 
New Hampshire quite often this past 
winter, now that he has retired. • 
Frank Lynch has also been up coun- 
try several times this winter, skiing 
at both Loon Mountain and Bretton 
Woods, trying out his new parabolic 
skis. He reports that they are not 
only great skis but the new technol- 
ogy of equipment is the best yet. • 
The class extends its sincere sympa- 
thy to the family of Joseph M. 
Nowack MD, who passed away on 
September 21, 1998. • If you have 

not had the opportunity of sending 
in your class dues, please do so. Class 
dues are the sole major revenue 
source for funding future class events. 
As we close out this century and 
welcome in the new millenium, the 
class would like to celebrate this event 
in grand style sometime later this 
fall. Please remit your dues in the 
amount of $25 to Bill Tobin, 181 
Central St., Holliston, MA 01746. • 
Best wishes for a great summer. Re- 
spectfully, class correspondent, Class 
of 1957. 


Marjorie L. McLaughlin 
139 Parker Road 
Needham, MA 02494 


David A. Raffertyjr. 

2296 Ashton Oaks Lane, #101 

Stonebridge Country Club 

Naples, FL 34109 

(941) 596-0290 

Condolences of the class go out to 
the family of Ronald J. Walsh on 
the loss of Ron's wife Beverly in 
December, 1998. Prior to her ill- 
ness, Beverly was secretary for Ron's 
CPA firm, Walsh & Co. in Manches- 
ter, CT. • I also sadly report that 
Peter Cenci passed away this past 
December in Newington, CT. Con- 
dolences to his wife Mary and his 
daughter Mary Elizabeth of 
Bratdeboro, VT. Peter, a retired 
major in the US Army Reserve, was 
formerly the co-owner of the Con- 
necticut Valley Ins. Co. and served 
as a real estate agent for Century 2 1 . 
He also served as past president of 
Toastmaster Int'l. and also was the 
Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis Int'l. • 
Congratulations to John Cloherty 
MD who was recognized in the Feb- 
ruary 1999 issue of Boston Maga- 
zine as being one of Boston's best 
pediatricians. The research firm of 
Woodward/White surveyed 28,000 
doctors from around the country to 
find out which of their colleagues 
they respect the most, that is to whom 
they would send their own family 
members. John is affiliated with Beth 
Israel Deaconess, Brigham and 
Women's and Children's Hospital. 
Quite an honor, John! • John 
Feloney continues to reside in 
Milton and is president of Profes- 
sional Management Systems. • 
George Fitzgerald, living in East 


Hartford, CT., is retired from Dun 
& Bradstreet. • Joe Gabis, living in 
Lunenburg, has retired from Ben- 
eficial Management Co. «JoeGiere 
MD continues to practice medicine 
at Georgetown University Hospital 
in Washington DC. • Don Gill MD 
is a psychiatrist at the Institute Penn 
Hospital in Philadelphia. • Tom 
Kurey, living in Brookfield WI, is 
with GE Medical Systems. Tom is 
one of our most active alumni sup- 
porters from out of state. • Enjoyed 
the company of Ed and Elaine 
Gilmore this past fall on the bus 
ride from Naples to the Orange Bowl 
for the BC vs. Miami football game. 
The bus ride, where they replayed 
the game with Flutie throwing the 
miracle pass, was the highlight of 
the trip. • Peter Hall is a veterinar- 
ian in Moorestown,NJ. • Had a nice 
conversation with Cynthia Hassey 
while she was visiting her sister in 
Naples. Either Tom doesn't like the 
warm weather or he couldn't leave 
his bustling insurance business in 
Fall River. • Richard Keefe is assis- 
tant principal at St. Louis Univer- 
sity High School. • Richard 
McArdle, living in Hartford, CT, is 
a retired partner from Arthur Ander- 
son & Co. • Bob Salvi, living in 
Somerville, has retired as an associ- 
ate scientist at Polaroid Corp. • 
Marge and John Shyne are enjoy- 
ing their retirement in Bourne. I had 
the pleasure of playing golf with 
John Jr. this past summer. • Dick 
Simons continues to keep busy as 
the president of Northeast Proper- 
ties Inc. and as a member of the 
board of many organizations. • 
Charles Stebbins is a professor at 
the University of Nebraska. • Bob 
Taggart is the owner/president of 
Taggart Assoc, in Lexington. • Con- 
dolences of the class to the family of 
John A. McSweeney who passed 
away on December 10, 1996. John 
was formerly the chairman of the 
English Department at Valley Re- 
gional High School in Deep River, 
CT. • Bob Quinn, a member of 
previous BC class (probably '40 or 
'41) told me he receives no recogni- 
tion from his BC class correspon- 
dent. Bob, a neighbor and golfing 
buddy here in Naples, was formerly 
a "big wheel" with US Trust and 
Braintree Savings Bank. Bob, now 
that you received some BC press, 
you can throw away your Notre 
Dame golf shirt. • Keep the cards 
and letters coming. • Don't forget 
your $25 class dues. Send to Jack 
Mucca McDevitt, 28 Cedar Street, 
Medford.MA 02155. 


Sheila Hurley Canty 

PO Box 386 

North Falmouth, MA 02556-0386 



M A Y 21 - 24 • 1 9 9 9 

Frank Martin 
6 Sawyer Road 
Wellesley, MA 02181 
(781) 237-2131 

This is my inaugural column as class 
correspondent, which I will do until 
our 45th in 2004. By then we will be 
ready for the big push to our 50th in 
2009 and I will be ready to stop 
accepting assignments like this one. 

• Our thanks to Bob Latkany for 20 
years of devotion to this column. • I 
am writing this at the end of Febru- 
ary for inclusion in the spring issue, 
which we will receive in earlyjune. • 
By now you will have received our 
April updates on the class of '59, 
paid your $40 dues, attended an an- 
niversary event or two and are ready 
to start the summer. • STOP! Be- 
fore you search for your water skis, 
write and tell me what's new in your 
life so that I can get it into the winter 
issue (December mailing). You will 
be surprised at how many of your 
classmates are still interested in you. 

• We have received over 50 notes 
from classmates. I am overwhelmed 
by your notes, some funny, some 
heartbreaking, but all unique. There 
are over 800 of us out there. Lets 
hear from you. This column is about 
you. You can now e-mail your notes 
to: oryou 
can write or fax directly to me. • 
1999 has been our 40th anniversary 
year and, as you can judge from the 
mailings, there's been a lot of activ- 
ity. • Bill Sherman, Peter 
McLaughlin, Charlie McCullagh, 
Marty Reddington, Art Kaplan, Bill 
Appleyard and Gus Mahoney have 
met many times to plan and organize 
our events. • Bill York is serving as 
chairman of our 40th, and his tire- 
less efforts on behalf of the class are 
testimony to his devotion to the 
School and the class of '59. I hope 
that you were able to get to some of 
the events. We have done a few things 
differendy this time. • In Novem- 
ber, we had a cocktail party after the 
BC/Notre Dame hockey game (5-5 
in thrilling OT). Many old (or should 
I say older) faces were there. Tom 
Hughes, for example, had pictures 
of his new baby! That's got to be 
some kind of a biological record. • 
Bill Shea, Jack Canavan, Spence 

Tobin, Don Fleming, John ( )'ConnoT, 
Jack Donahue, Paul Sullivan, GuS 
Mahoney, Frank MacMillan, Cal 
Dorsey, and Dick Cotter don't look 
much different than they did 40 years 
ago, tzhey are just a little slower. It 
was great fun. • In February, we had 
a private tour of the Baroque Exhibit 
at the McMullen Museum of Art. 
Some of the new old faces were Dick 
Gagnon,Joe Leary, Charlie Lynch, 
Owen Quinn, Catherine Cannon, 
among others at the reception. Ba- 
roque Art is not a period that we 
know much about, but the private 
tour was an education. There were 
30 paintings. The centerpiece was 
Caravaggio's The Taking of Christ. 
Painted in 1602 in Rome, it was lost 
for a few hundred years before it 
showed up in a Jesuit dining hall in 
Dublin (makes me wonder what St. 
Ignatius would think). This was an 
impressive and rare exhibition. I hope 
you were able to see it. • When I 
write next, I can give you an update 
of Alumni Weekend at which we 
have a golf outing at The Wianno 
Club, a night at the Pops and dinner 
and music in Gasson Hall. Then we 
can rest for a year or so. • Some 
notes from the class: Don and Robin 
Wood have just seen their son 
Patrick finish at Roxbury Latin and 
off to Bates. • Tom Tierney has 
retired from the FBI and is back in 
Arlington after years in the Phila- 
delphia area. Their six children have 
graduated from college and they have 
a first grandchild. • Barbara McKay 
writes of the death of her husband, 
our classmate Bob McKay in De- 
cember, after a long illness. They 
have five children; the oldest, a ca- 
reer officer, flies Air Force Two out 
of Andrews Air Force Base. Our 
deepest sympathies are sent to the 
family. • Charlie McCullagh in- 
sists that he is unemployed, not re- 
tired, but he's playing a lot of golf at 
the Cape. Charlie has four children, 
all graduates of BC and seven grand- 
children who also will attend BC. 
The last should graduate about 2 03 0, 
according to Charlie. • George 
Larkin, captain of our football team, 
was recendy at the BC /Virginia Tech 
game along with 29 other former 
football captains as guests of Coach 
O'Brien. • Dan Geagan, one of our 
Scholars of the College, is returning 
to Greece on a research grant to 
study the inscriptions in the excava- 
tions of Poseidon at Isthmia. Dan is 
professor of history at McMaster 
University in Ontario. • Frank 
Spera had three daughters graduate 
from BC and celebrates his 40th 
wedding anniversary in June. I re- 
member attending many weddings 
in the summer of '59, including my 

own. *JoeCorcoran,JoeMcQuill, 
PeterMcLaughlin and I spent some 

time in Bermuda last year at golf and 
tennis, waiting for Peter to have his 
60th birthday. When it finally ar- 
rived we celebrated with a party at 
the Coral Beach Club. I aged five 
years on that trip. More in the next 
issue. Keep your notes coming and 
enjoy the summer of 1999. 



Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 
28 Briarwood Drive 
Taunton, MA 02780 
(508) 823-1188 


Joseph R. Carty 
920 Main Street 
Norwell, MA 02061 


Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 
53 Clarke Road 
Needham, MA 02492 
(78i) 235-3752 


Bob Sullivan 
Box 1966 

Brockton, MA 02303 
Fax: (508) 584-8576 


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changed jobs or gotten married? 
Call us to update your record 
so we can keep you up-to-date 
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552-3440 to change your record 
by phone, fax (617) 552-0077, 
e-mail, or drop 
a postcard to Boston College 
Information Services, More Hall 
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61 N 

Mary Kane Sullivan 
35 Hundreds Road 
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 
{781) 235-1777 


Richard N. Hart Jr. 
5 Amber Road 
Hingham, MA 02043 
(781) 749-3918 

Our congratulations to Tom Carey 
on being named Citizen of the Year 
by the Hinghamjournal. This honor 
was bestowed on Tom because of his 
tireless efforts in developing 
Hingham's new Town Hall. Tom 
was the driving force and Building 
Committee chair for the project 
which involved the conversion of a 
school building that had been taken 
out of service into a community cen- 
ter housing all town departments. 
One of the people who nominated 
Tom said the following: "Tom's per- 
sistence and resolve, his ability to 
get along with others, plus his 
neverending faith in his vision and 
pride in his town make him 
Hingham's first-class Citizen of the 
Year." Tom has a general practice of 
law with offices in Brookiine and 
Hingham. He specializes in appel- 
late advocacy and estate planning. 
Tom and Ann's daughter, Lisa, a 
1992 graduate of BC, recently had 
her first novel, The Mermaids Sing- 
ing, published by Avon Books. The 
paperback book edition will be pub- 
lished early this summer. • Congrat- 
ulations to Eugene Guerrera who 
recently joined Tucker Anthony In- 
corporated in New Haven, CT as 
senior VP, Investments. • It was 
nice to see George Van Cott at the 
most recent First Friday Class lun- 
cheon. George is an independent 
insurance broker in Boxford and also 
resides in Boxford. In addition to his 
insurance business, George is also 
involved in the sales and marketing 
area of a start-up company. • Kevin 
Doyle continues to operate his busi- 
ness, Select Graphics, in Norwell. 
Select Graphics specializes in sup- 
plying businesses with custom 
printed promotional items. Kevin 
resides with his wife and daughter in 
Norwell. • It was nice to receive an 
e-mail from Robert Layden. Rob- 
ert is a retired community college 
English professor. He received his 
Ph.D. from Lehigh University. Rob- 

ert advises that since retirement he 
has been lackadaisically pursuing the 
dream of every English teacher; to 
write and publish fiction. Robert had 
two of his stories published this past 
year, which are both on the internet. 
"Walter and the Fat Boy in the 
Mudcan" be reached at http://new 
locarts.html. If you have trouble 
reaching this site (as I did) you can 
get to the story through these steps: and go to 
towns and cities, then to St. John, 
then to Around Town, then to Local 
Artist — Robert's story is the third 
one down. Robert's other story, "En- 
countering Walls" can be reached at 
anathema. Robert advises that this 
effort is still very small time, but he 
is having a little fun with it. • Please 
keep the news coming. Thank you. 


Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 
94 Abbott Road 
Wellesley, MA 02481 
(781) 235-6226 


Dianne M. Duffln 
525 White Cliff Drive 
Plymouth, MA 02360 
(508) 888-5726 
fax: (508) 833-2688 

Those of you who are reading this 
and haven't sent in an update on 
yourself, don't put this magazine 
aside until you fire off a few words. 
Do it now, before you forget (and we 
all know how much easier that is 
becoming). Do whatever is easier: 
call, write, fax or e-mail me. The 
news doesn't have to be significant. 
Just check in to let your classmates 
know your whereabouts, or even to 
ask about someone you've lost touch 
with. Think of this as a bulletin board 
of sorts, a way to communicate with 
others that at one time you shared a 
lot with. Regardless of the distance, 
time that has elapsed, dreams we've 
won and dreams we've lost, we still 
share a special bond with one an- 
other. With all that changes in life, 
it's important to preserve our class 
connection. • It's nice to hear that 
the women in our class are making 
their mark. And while there are a lot 
of ways to do that, one way Carol 
(Flynn) Andersen is doing it is as 

president of her own company, 
Microlnk Systems, which develops 
management software for the print- 
ing industry. Based in Wareham, 
where Carol also lives, the company 
has been experiencing rapid growth 
over the past 10 years and now has 
sales offices outside Wareham in 
Minneapolis, Atlanta and DC. 
Equally impressive, the proprietary 
software company is ranked one of 
the top four vendors in this field. 
Carol's son, Mark, heads up product 
development at the company. • Carol 
also passed along news of Marilyn 
(Marcou) and Clem Kacergis. 
Marilyn is still teaching at Blue Hills 
Regional Vocational Tech where she 
has been since shortly after gradua- 
tion. • Carol said she has lost touch 
with Paula McDonough who was 
living on Cape Cod and asked if 
anyone knew where Paula was to let 
us know. Better yet, Paula, if you're 
reading this, give us a call. • From 
beautiful Key West, FL comes news 
from Tom (Thomas H.) Fitzpatrick. 
He and his wife, Sandy, moved there 
in August, after Tom took an early 
retirement from Digital Equipment 
Corp. where he had been Director 
of Strategic Communications. Tom 
said they had been vacationing in 
this "paradise" for several years, so 
when he left Digital they decided to 
make this sunny spot their perma- 
nent address. • If any of you get a 
hankering for making a similar move, 
Tom might be able to help you find 
a house. He's gone into the real 
estate business with REMAX down 
there. He also said to pass along his 
address: 10 Spoonhill Way, Key 
West, FL 33040 and phone: (305) 
292-5208 and issued an open invita- 
tion to any classmates to come visit 
him (Tom, you'll be sorry)- • Up the 
coast a bit, in fact much further north, 
comes news from Al (Alfred J.) 
Andrea. Al is a professor of medi- 
eval history at the University of Ver- 
mont where he has between since 
1 967. This year, he says, he is enjoy- 
ing one of the perquisites of profes- 
sors: sabbatical research leave. July 
will see him in Israel and Jordan 
where he hopes to combine scholar- 
ship and hiking. Al is not only seri- 
ous about his scholarship but about 
his hiking hobby as well. Last year 
he and his son, Peter, hiked several 
hundred miles along the ancient pil- 
grimage road to Santiago de 
Compostela in northwest Spain (me- 
dieval pilgrimage is one of the areas 
in which he specializes), and this 
past March he took off for two-and- 
a-half weeks of hiking in New 
Zealand because of an interest in 
Maori culture. He said he would 
love to hear from former classmates, 

especially members of the Honors 
Program with whom he remembers 
sharing many hours in the seminar 
room in Gasson Hall. Al's phone 
number is: (802)656-4488 or reach 
him by e-mail at • And for 
those of you who might have missed 
the article in the last issue of the 
alumni magazine, Gerry (Gerald 
R.) Healy, of Boston, has given 
$350,000 for the Gerald B. Healy 
MD Scholarship for Excellence in 
Academics and Football. The schol- 
arship is to be awarded annually to 
the football player with the highest 
grade point average. Nice move, 
Gerry. • Gerry is a professor of otol- 
ogy and laryngology at Harvard 
Medical School and also otolaryn- 
gologist-in-chief of the Department 
of Otolaryngology at Children's 
Hospital. • Finally, some very sad 
news sent to me by both Harry 
Kushigian and Bob Smith. • Lou 
(Louis M.) Cioci died this past Feb- 
ruary. Lou, a lawyer with his own 
law firm, leaves a son and three 
daughters. As most of you know, 
Lou was quite the athlete before and 
at BC. At BC, he was an offensive 
end and played in the annual North/ 
South post season all-star game at 
the Orange Bowl. He was the fifth- 
round pick of the Boston Patriots 
and a 14th round pick of the Dallas 
Cowboys. He eventually signed with 
Dallas and was the last cut of the 
Cowboys in a star-studded camp. 
He was named to the all-decade team 
at BC. A 1967 graduate of Suffolk 
Law School, he was former repre- 
sentative for the town of Johnston, 
RI and a lifelong resident of Provi- 
dence, RI. Our prayers and condo- 
lences go out to his family. 


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Information Services, More Hall 
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Marie Craigin Wilson 
2701 Treasure Lane 
Naples, FL 34102 
(94') 435-9709 



A Y 21 - 24 • 1 9 9 9 

Maureen Gallagher Costello 
42 Doncaster Street 
Roslindale, MA 02131 
(617) 323-4652 

Brian Condon (A&S) of Cheshire, 
Conn, who is VP for clinical admin- 
istration at Yale-New Haven Hos- 
pital in New Haven, Conn., has been 
elected to a two-year term as a mem- 
ber of the board of directors of the 
New England Organ Bank. The New 
England Organ Bank is the desig- 
nated organ procurement organiza- 
tion for the New England region 
and is one of the largest organ pro- 
curement organizations in the US. 
Brian has been associated with the 
development of organ transplanta- 
tion programs at Yale-New Haven 
Hospital for the past 13 years. After 
graduation from BC, Brian did 
graduate work at Georgetown Law 
School and received a master's de- 
gree in public administration, com- 
munity psychology and industrial 
organizational psychology from the 
University of New Haven. Con- 
gratulations, Brian on your involve- 
ment in such a valuable and much 
needed program. • John Tramon- 
dozzi's (A&S) antique business, 
GianniSeppi Antiques was recently 
featured on local cable for its hon- 
esty and fair dealing with the public. 
He specializes in small and decora- 
tive arts and he is available for lec- 
tures on antiques. John has been a 
professor at Curry College in Milton, 
where he is chairperson of the De- 
partment of Natural Sciences and 
Mathematics. He has also been very 
active in the community including 
service to the Maiden Public Li- 
brary as a trustee and secretary to 
the board and as president of the 
Maiden Historical Society. He is also 
cochair of the City ofMalden's 3 50th 
Anniversary Celebration Commit- 
tee and is a 50-year member of the 
St. Peter's Church choir. That's true 
dedication! • Frank Foley (ED) is 
in his 35th year of teaching high 
school in his home city of Everett. 
Frank and his wife, Fran, a Harvard 
Vanguard clinical manager, have 
seven children and five grandchil- 
dren. The eldest, Kathleen 
(Emmanuel '87) is married to David 

Peach and they have a two-year-old 
son. Maryanne (Conn '89), a physi- 
cal therapist at New England Re- 
hab, is married to Chris Covelle and 
they have a four-month-old daugh- 
ter. Frank III (UMass Lowell '91) is 
a field engineer with Nypro in 
Marlboro. He and his wife, Mary, 
have twin sons almost one year old. 
Daughter Susan McNamara (Salem 
State '93) has her MSW from BU 
and is the mother of eight-month- 
old Erin. Laura is at home while 
studying early childhood education 
at Salem State. Michael (UMass 
Amherst '95) is a police officer with 
the Everett Police Department and 
Peter graduates from UMass Boston 
this year. Wow! Congratulations to 
all! • A&S grad George H. Bailey, 
Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin 73) 
is the father of Rosemary, age 1 and 
George F., four months!!! George is 
married to Violiane Rodrequez, 
Ph.D., BC '92 and are living in 
Medford. When not travelling 
throughout Asia (Japan, China, In- 
dia, Malaysia, Thailand, the 
Phillipines, Hong Kong, Indonesia 
and Singapore) and changing dia- 
pers, George teaches English, 
American Literature and Writing at 
Northern Essex Community Col- 
lege where he has been a faculty 
member for the last 28 years. Very 
impressive! Our Best Wishes to the 
Bailey family! • Barbara Berg 
Campagna (ED) contacted me for 
Father Jim Spillane's address in 
Rome. She and her husband Nicho- 
las and are planning a cruise in May 
and will spend a day in Rome. Bar- 
bara has been busy with her ceram- 
ics shop, Sunshine Creations, which 
is in Norwood, and she has been 
teaching computer classes evenings 
at Norwood High. Nicholas is with 
GZA Geoenvironmental . They have 
four children: Suzanne graduated 
from Syracuse; John from Went- 
worth, Joseph from Worcester 
Polytech and Jennifer is a junior at 
UMass Amherst and is currently 
doing a six month Co-op at 
Disneyworld! In addition to your 
cruise, I hope that you are able to 
visit her! • I did get to talk with 
Father Jim Spillane (A&S) in Feb- 
ruary when he was home. He was in 
touch with some of his classmates 
and even had lunch at the new BC 
Club downtown. He returned to 
Rome in February and is teaching at 
the Gregoriana University. In June, 
he will be teaching a course on the 
spirituality of wealth creation at St. 
Thomas University in St. Paul, Min- 
nesota. After which he will make a 
visit home and then return in August 
to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I hope to 
see you then, Jim! Best Wishes. • 

Fortunately, I haven't received any 
sad news regarding our alums, but I 
do have some of my own to share. 
On Christmas Day on their return 
home to West Hyannisport on Cape 
Cod, my dear parents, Daniel and 
Kay (Catherine) Gallagher were 
in a car accident, my wonderful fa- 
ther was killed and my mother who 
also suffered from Alzheimer's died 
February 2 5 after two painful months 
due to injuries from the accident. 
They were married for 57 years and 
were always there for me and my 
family. We miss them. For the past 
20 years of my father's retirement, 
he devoted his time to his family and 
to the service of his community which 
also feels his loss of my mother, who 
was always by his side. They will be 
remembered by the good that they 
did for others — they did touch so 
many lives. I am so grateful to have 
had them as parents and friends. 



Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb 

125 Elizabeth Road 

New Rochelle, NY 10804-3106 

(914) 636-0214 

Well, I knew there was a good rea- 
son why I waited until the last minute 
to write the column this time. • I just 
received a wonderful call from Ann 
Marie DeNisco L'Abbate, a prior 
author of this very column and, there- 
fore, am well aware of how welcome 
news can be. Ann Marie had lots of 
little tidbits to share, but first I'd like 
to tell you about her ongoing struggle 
with Sjogren's (pronounced sho- 
gren) Syndrome, a rare disorder of 
the autoimmune system. She was 
diagnosed at the age of 50 and has 
been battling this with varying de- 
grees of success ever since. Since there 
is, as yet, no known cause, it can't be 
classified as a disease and thus is 
called a syndrome. Its symptoms are 
truly frightening and extremely de- 
bilitating: inflammation causing se- 
vere arthritis; constant tendinitis, 
especially in the feet and legs, with 
periodic crippling effects; renal aci- 
dosis which can lead to kidney failure. 
Ann Marie was, in fact, hospitalized 
for two weeks before Christmas, so 
ill that the staff at Greenwich Hos- 
pital refers to her as the "Miracle 
Woman." They did not expect her to 
survive and she admits that there was 
a terrifying point when she was liter- 
ally "trapped inside her body," aware 
of all that was happening around 
her, but completely unable to com- 
municate. She was ultimately released 

Christmas Eve and "went to a party!" 
But she has had to learn to live with 
chronic fatigue and its limitations, 
and it's hard. If anyone would like to 
make a donation to help fund re- 
search for, hopefully, a cure for this 
disorder, Ann Marie would be very 
grateful if you sent it to: Sjogren's 
Syndrome Foundation, 333 Xo. 
Broadway, Jerico, NY, 11753. • I'm 
happy to report that as of this writ- 
ing, Ann Marie is doing well, still 
working at her brother's electronics 
business in Greenwich and still lov- 
ing it. • Good thing, too, because 
Basil has retired from teaching spe- 
cial education in the NYC system. 
He's busy taking courses at the Met- 
ropolitan Museum of Art and at- 
tending as much theater and opera 
as possible. Their son, Marco, is a 
senior at Manhattan College, ma- 
joring in marketing. • The L'Abbates 
had dinner recently with Judy Ernst 
Tortora and Peter, who had been in 
Thailand visiting their son, Kyle, a 
teacher there. • Carol Sorace 
Whelan and Tom had their 30th 
anniversary in February and cel- 
ebrated with a dinner part) 7 on April 
9th. • Mary McGuire is now writ- 
ing poetry and seeking a Master's in 
Fine Arts program in Pennsylvania. 
• Sue Duffy is a social worker in the 
Providence school system. Her son, 
Christian, was recently married. • I 
spoke with Ann Williams Cully re- 
cently. For the past five years, she 
and Bob have been living in Johnson 
City, TN, where Bob has his own 
business. Ann reports that son, Jeff, 
has a thriving photo store in Hamp- 
ton Bays, NY, which gives him a 
chance to check periodically on the 
Cullys' summer (favorite?) home in 
Sag Harbor, NY. Their daughter, 
Liz, the Wellesley alumna, is cur- 
rently living and working in Palo 
Alto, but has been "graduate school 
shopping" for musicology at Harvard 
and Princeton, taking Ann along for 
the ride. Ann said she also gets to 
NY at least once a month on busi- 
ness with Bob. • Jill Schoemer 
Hunter's Christmas card was a fabu- 
lous picture of son Jeff s three chil- 
dren, all blond, blue-eyed and 
beautiful. I tried to call her several 
times, without success, to get an 
update, so I hope that she and Den- 
nis were off to some exotic locale, or 
at least visiting the grandkids. • Also 
tried to reach Judy Parker Meyer 
after I saw a picture of husband, 
Karl, "in Judy's new 1MB" (that was 
the caption!) in the Feb. Harvard 
Business School Bulletin. Karl and 
my husband were in the same B- 
School class, so Judy and I actually 
see each other at their reunions. I felt 
she deserved a write-up in her own 



class column, since we can't counter 
with a corresponding photo. • Now 
I don't want to sound desperate, but 
I really need to hear from all of you 
at some point. You don't need a 
Monica Lewinsky-caliber scandal (is 
this old or what?) to get your name 
in print here. I'll take anything (well, 
a recent root canal probably won't 
make it). So call, write, e-mail to me 
at the above address, or directly to: • Oh, by 
the way, Carol Sinnott Ulmer is 
back and living in Larchmont! 


Patricia McNulty Harte 
6 Everett Ave. 
Winchester, MA 01890 
(781) 729-1187 

Bette Michalski Greene is still liv- 
ing on the Jersey shore and is the 
executive director of one of seven 
maternal/child consortia in NJ . Bette 
writes that there was a recent re- 
union atMary O'Neill's home. Mary 
is Betsy's mother, but surrogate mom 
to many while at BC. Attendees were 
Betsy, Bette, Joan McGregor and 
Ginny Breslin. • Betsy's daughter, 
Kara (Princeton '98) and Bette's 
daughter Amanda (BC '00), shared 
Mary's apple pie! Bette's son, Timo- 
thy, is engaged to Mia Palazzo '95 . A 
May wedding is planned for USMA. 
Tim is a '95 graduate. • Congratula- 
tions to Joe Condon who is married 
to Eileen McCabe. Joe's four chil- 
dren are all out of college. • Our 
thanks to our classmate Peter Lynch 
and his wife, Carolyn, for their fabu- 
lous gift to BC's School of Educa- 
tion. • We need more news! Please 
take a few minutes and send me 
some mail to the above address. 

65 n 

Catherine Lugar 
25 Whitney Avenue 
Cambridge, MA 02139 


Bob Ford 

22 Robbins Road 

Watertown, MA 82472-3449 

(617) 923-4823 

bob_ford@ watertown. ki 2. ma. us 

Dr. Michael F. X. Gigliotti (A&S) 
joined the General Electric R&D 
Center in Schenectady, NY. back in 

1970 after receiving a Ph.D. in engi- 
neering science from Dartmouth 
College. Last fall he received The 
GE R&D Center's highest honor — 
its Coolidge Fellowship Award, given 
once ayear to recognize outstanding 
and sustained contributions to sci- 
ence and engineering. Michael is a 
metallurgist specializing in advanced 
turbine alloys, and he is renowned in 
his field while pioneering contribu- 
tions to the development of high- 
temperature materials, particularly 
nickel-and titanium-based alloys for 
turbine engines. Residing with his 
family in Scotia, NY, Michael has 
published 30 technical papers and 
received 26 US patents. • Speaking 
of honors, here in the BC neighbor- 
hood, the Watertown/Belmont 
Chamber of Commerce has deemed 
John S. Airasian (CSOM) as Per- 
son of the Year. John has been a 
lifelong resident of Watertown and 
has been active in every sense of 
community life — school, govern- 
ment, business, charity, conserva- 
tion, recreation, etc. — sort of a man 
for all seasons, both locally and be- 
yond. More recently John has been 
instrumental as the chairperson of 
the Property Re-Use Committee in 
regard to the historical Watertown 
Arsenal that recently shut down com- 
pletely. John is the president of the 
family-owned business Eastern 
Clothing Co. Inc. that has grown in 
notoriety over the years. The clien- 
tele includes a long list of famous 
people, particularly from the sports 
world. John is an active alumnus and 
enjoys being involved in BC-related 
activities. His son Robert, following 
dad's footsteps, graduated CSOM 
in 1998. • John and wife Marie 
(Keegan) have three grown sons with 
the youngest in his last year of col- 
lege. Marie is a popular and accom- 
plished real estate agent. • Out in 
the midwest, last November, United 
Health Care of Illinois appointed 
David Harrington (A&S) as VP of 
medical delivery systems. The com- 
pany serves 10 percent of the popu- 
lation of Illinois. After BC, Dave 
served in die US Marine Corps at- 
taining the rank of captain, and tak- 
ing a tour of duty in Vietnam. He 
obtained a master's degree in social 
work from Columbia University, and 
served as an associate professor of 
social policy and social work at 
Catholic University. Now living in 
Chicago, David in advancing his ca- 
reer in the managed health care in- 
dustry, a career that began in 1987. 
• I need to hear from you. My e-mail 
address was misprinted in the winter 
issue. If you attempted to e-mail me, 
I did not get it. Please try again. Of 
course you can call or write. 


Catherine Beyer Hurst 
49 Lincoln Street 
Cambridge, MA 02141 
(617) 497-4924 
fax: (617) 441-6254 

Ros Moore reports that her older 
son has gone to work at Fidelity 
Investments ("i.e., greener pas- 
tures"), and her younger son, Travis 
St. Clair, is a sophomore at Harvard. 
• Along with everything else in her 
busy life, Ros has taken over as ad- 
ministrator for the Newton College 
Alumnae Book Club, which meets 
five times a year with Elizabeth 
White, RSCJ as leader. • Martha 
Roughan, RSCJ is responsible for 
the Campus Ministry and Commu- 
nity Service areas at the upper school 
at the Sacred Heart academy in 
Greenwich, CT. Her projects have 
included a Christmas food drive to 
raise "a ton of food." Actually, 
Martha's recruits raised 2,600 
pounds! Martha shares a house on 
the Manhattanville College campus 
with two friends. • She hosted a 
December mini-reunion of class- 
mates who drove in for Sunday din- 
ner, including Joan Candee Collins, 
Sandra Puerini DelSesto, Barbara 
Childs Dwyer, Pat Ryan Grace, and 
Cathy Beyer Hurst. • Patricia Foley 
DiSilvio reports that she stays in 
touch with Betty Wahn Goletti via 
e-mail. • Betty and her husband live 
in Rome. • Please write or e-mail me 
your class notes so there's some- 
thing to write about next time! 


Charles and Mary-Anne Benedict 

84 Rockland Place 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 

Greetings all! We had a great turn- 
out for the hockey team for its game 
against Maine in January. It was good 
to see Gerry Baker, Bill Concannon 
and his wife Mimi, as well as Dennis 
and Maura (NC '68) Griffin. It was 
wonderful to talk with Maggie and 
Jim Hayes, John Keenan and Joe 
MacDonald and his wife. Joe's part- 
ner Donald MacDonald (both are 
funeral directors) and Don's wife 
Susan (ED) were unable to make the 
dinner but joined us in time for the 
game. We were graced by the pres- 
ence of Paul Delaney '66 and his 
lovely bride, Denise Roberto 
Delaney. Paul is presently serving 
on the alumni board. Fred Faherty 

was there with his wife and son. Bob 
Galbois and his wife attended as did 
Dick and Karen (Sperandio) 
McCarte who braved the weather 
and traffic. Your hosts, Charles and 
Mary-Anne Benedict were there 
to greet John Keenan, Bill Ford, 
Bob Doherty and Charlie Bowser 
and his wife. Charlie is now teaching 
family law at Suffolk Law School, 
while with the firm of Lee, Levine & 
Bowser LLP. Marty Paul was 
present with Joyce and Mary and 
Bill Risio drove in from Needham. 
John Ryan was there as was Peter 
Alberico who drove down from 
Newburyport on such a nasty night. 
It was good to see Rick Bradley, 
Paul White and his wife Caroline 
and Jerry Madek. The grand prize 
for distance goes to Dan 
Tawczynski and his wife Martha 
and son who drove all the way from 
Great Barrington for the reception 
and game. Dan was a member of the 
track team. • Mike Ryan and Brad 
Bigham have had their papers re- 
garding military history donated to 
the Concord library. Additionally 
Mike writes for the local paper on a 
fairly frequent basis. When I spoke 
with Mike he was recovering from a 
broken leg, but by the time you read 
this he should be completely recov- 
ered. Cindy (Rae) and Al Butters 
hosted a Super Bowl party at their 
Westwood home. Gem Baker and 
his wife Anne are involved in en- 
dowing a scholarship fund for the 
graduate education of the laity at 
The Weston Jesuit School of The- 
ology in Cambridge. Anyone who is 
interested, contact either Weston 
Jesuit or Gem, for details. Thanks 
for the news and keep letters com- 
ing. Congratulations to all sons and 
daughters who are summer brides or 
grooms and to the classmates writ- 
ing those checks. Happy Summer! 


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Faith Brouillard-Hughes 
lg Marrick Court 
Centerville, MA 02632 
(508) 790-2785 


Judith Anderson Day 
11500 San Vicente Blvd. 
The Brentwood 323 
Los Angeles, CA 90049 
(310) 442-2613 
fax: (310) 207-4158 

Steve Tucker and his wife Eileen 
have enjoyed many visits to the 
Heights during the past few years. 
Their daughter Julie graduated from 
BC in 1997 and she is happy to have 
remained in Boston working in the 
telecommunications field for Will- 
iams Communications. Julie's 
younger sister, Catherine, is count- 
ing the days until May and her gradu- 
ation from BC. Way to go, Eagles!! 
• We recently enjoyed a lovely re- 
union and a weekend of laughter in 
Los Angeles with fellow classmates 
Kathie (Dalton) Nannicelli and Jan 
(Zinno) Allen. Kathie and her hus- 
band Jay '67 were combining busi- 
ness with fun during a West Coast 
visit from their home in Hollis, New 
Hampshire. • Kathie has enjoyed 
her career in education, and two 
years ago received her master's de- 
gree in teaching children with learn- 
ing disabilities. The Nannicellis have 
three grown daughters, Kristin, Julie 
and Karen. • Jan Allen arranged our 
weekend reunion. Jan has been a 
longtime California resident as her 
husband Rich works in the enter- 
tainment industry. She spent many 
years working for American Airlines 
while raising her family. She now 
works in the human relations field 
for Amgen. The Aliens' daughter, 
Jen, will graduate from Villanova 
this spring. • The Days, Nannicellis, 
and Aliens are all hoping that this 
mini-reunion becomes an annual 
event! • I am so fortunate to be able 
to spend my time as a volunteer at 
the gorgeous new Getty Museum 
that opened last year here in Los 
Angeles. I love the interaction with 
our visitors from all over the world, 
especially the visitors sporting the 
BC logo! I've been working at the 
Getty since our opening day. • Dur- 
ing the past year, I was appointed 
chairperson of the Visitors Service 
Council, which represents the 600 
Getty volunteers. • When you are 

planning a trip to the West Coast, 
include a reservation for the Getty 
in your schedule. I guarantee you 
will be dazzled by this beautiful place! 
Enjoy a fun summer! 



M A Y 21 - 24 . 1 9 9 9 


Kathleen Hastings Miller 
8 Brookline Road 
Scarsdale, NY 10583 
(914) 723-924' 

Our e-mail list is growing! If you are 
not on it, send me your e-mail ad- 
dress right now. It is so much fun, 
and so easy to keep in touch this way. 
• Pam Maillet Boisvert writes that 
she has been promoted to Director 
of Higher Education Access Pro- 
grams for the Colleges of Worcester 
Consortium, Inc. She oversees pro- 
grams that provide educational ac- 
cess services to nontraditional 
students seeking post-secondary 
education. She and Maurice have 
four grandchildren. She also notes 
that her daughter was the grateful 
recipient of a Newton College Alum- 
nae Scholarship while at BC (Glad 
to hear that someone we know actu- 
ally got to use that money!). Pam 
reflects that it is a real sign of the 
times when she leaves her job and 
picks up a grandchild at daycare and 
then proceeds home to take care of 
an elderly parent. • Can we Newton 
women cope or what! • Pat Wolf 
attended the BC Chorale's Christ- 
mas concert in the Newton Chapel 
and wishes that all of us could have 
shared the moment. Imagine the 
sound of all that music filling the 
chapel. She has also become a Sheila 
Maclntyre yoga convert and swears 
it can ease life's stress. Sheila. ..come 
to New York. • Finally, Tish Roney 
Collett surfaced after a house move 
and hip replacement surgery. She's 
back on her feet now and wondering 
whatever happened to the empty nest 
syndrome as her college kids start to 
filter home again. Sound familiar? • 
"You've Got Mail".. .and I hope it is 
from you. Keep in touch. 

James R. Littleton 
39 Dale Street 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
(617) 964-6966 
fax: (617) 964-8431 

Dustin De Nunzio, son of Cyndi 
and Peter De Nunzio is complet- 
ing his final year at Harvard where 
he is an economics major. Dustin is 
the captain of the Harvard wrestling 
team and was recendy ranked #3 in 
the country in his weight class. The 
De Nunzio's reside in Palm Harbor, 
FL. • Lou Morin is a partner in his 
own law firm in Rochester, NY. 
Lou's practice concentrates in the 
real estate/ bankruptcy areas. Re- 
cently Lou was inducted into the 
Greater Rochester Association of 
Realtors Honor Society. Lou is also 
dean of the Academy of Law of the 
Monroe County Bar Association and 
is a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the 
Bankruptcy Court, Western District 
of NY. • One of the events leading 
up to our 30th reunion was a class 
reception at the McMullen Museum 
of BC where our class members 
viewed the Caravaggio Exhibition. 
Among our classmates in attendance 
were Marty Gavin, Pat Daly, Joe 
Marzetti, Paul Branca, Claire 
Murphy, Kathy Gilligan and Kathy 
(Maguire) Reynolds. 

69n 1 


M A Y 21 -24*1 999 

Patricia Kenny Seremet 
39 Newport Ave. 
W. Hartford, CT 06107 
(203) 521-8567 


Norman G. Cavallaro 

c/o North Cove Outfitters 

75 Main Street 

Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2301 

(860) 388-6585 

Well even though it's the middle of 
winter as I write this I wish you all a 
wonderful spring and a great sum- 
mer. • Mike Harrington stopped in 
my store to see me in December. He 
owns a concrete construction com- 
pany that does business throughout 
New England. We swapped some 
Mike Mingolelli stories and had a 
great laugh. He lives in Marshfield. 
• Paul Mahoney reports that things 

are well in Beantownand that he had 
organized a mini-reunion in early 
February to help the last of our class 
celebrate their 50th birthdays. 
(That's Mike Patten, John Nash 
and Joe McCarthy.) They are the 
class youngsters. Since some of us 
are turning 5 1 this year, they get no 
sympathy from me. • Charlie 
Reagan and Jim Godsell were in 
attendance. Frank Doyle wanted to 
come but couldn't make it as his new 
responsibilities as in-charge partner 
for world-wide technology for the 
new CPA firm of PriceWater- 
houseCoopers keep him traveling 
quite a bit. • P. Joe McCarthy is 
now director for the New England 
partnership Marsh, Inc. the world's 
largest insurance brokerage. • Paul 
Mahoney reports that Greg Miller 
is now the North American chief 
financial officer of Siebe, after its 
recent merger with BTR. He's trav- 
eling more than he would like. He 
says he sometimes drives right by 
my business, but hasn't had the time 
to stop by. • Speaking of Paul 
Mahoney, Phil Cody reports that 
he was visited by Paul during a two- 
day golf tournament and it took Phil 
three weeks to get rid of him. Paul 
says that Phil's new digs are terrific 
and that reservations for next year 
are filling up fast. • Bob Mongan 
reports that he was recently visited 
by Pete Leonard and that they at- 
tended the BC-Notre Dame foot- 
ball game. Bob says the pass was 
good and that BC should have won. 
In addition to his full time responsi- 
bilities in the real estate appraisal 
business, Bob is the color commen- 
tator for Hampshire College bas- 
ketball, a Division II championship 
team. • My next victim has been 
selected. We have a photo of him at 
the BC Liberty Bowl game, but the 
last time anyone had any real contact 
with Kevin McCarthy was at the 


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Have you recently moved, 
changed jobs or gotten married? 
Call us to update your record 
so we can keep you up-to-date 
on friends, classmates and BC 
happenings. You can call (617) 
552-3440 to change your record 
by phone, fax (617) 552-0077, 
e-mail, or drop 
a postcard to Boston College 
Information Services, More Hall 
220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 

1987 BC-Notre Dame football 
game. Kevin is married to the former 
Ellen Harrington, daughter of Prof. 
Vincent Harrington of our business 
school real estate and insurance in- 
structor. You're fair game Kevin. • 
Well that's all the news from the 
Class of '70, where our waists are 
still thin and our hair is still thick. 
Thanks, God bless, and BUCKLE 

71 N 


Judith Gualtieri Coleman 
14 Mansfield Avenue 
West Hartford, CT 06117 
{860) 233-1020 


Robert F. Maguire 
46 Plain Road 
Wayland, MA 01778 
(508) 358-4393 
fax: (781) 893-7125 

Bob Foley has been named to the 
Board of Governors of the BC Club. 
• Brian Shaughnessy and I were 
once again among the guests of Bob 
Griffin and Eastern Bank for an 
enjoyable day of skiing at Loon 
Mountain. • Alumni Association 
Director, Brian Curry, is now 
moved in to his new home in 
Cockeysville, MD. Reach him at • If you want 
more news, short of fabrication, I 
need your help. Someone has a 
scholar enrolling at BC; another re- 
ceived a promotion, or has retired to 
Tahiti. Share the events and inspire 
us all. 

Georgina M. Pardo 
6800 S.W. 67th Street 
S. Miami, FL 33143 
(305) 663-4420 

Jane Hudson, my secret weapon 
and co-correspondent, took the ini- 
tiative and sent out letters. To those 
who responded, thank you; to those 
who didn't... you have more time 
since we have lots of news to catch 
up on. • It was great to hear from 
Chris Peterson who sent in several 
items. She lives in Larchmont, NY, 
with her three children: John Peter 
Spader III, a senior at Georgetown, 
Sarah, a senior in high school who is 
planning to attend SUNY Plattsburg 
next year so she can play ice hockey, 
and Leigh, a 9th grader. Chris works 
as a licensing agent, the middleman 
between artists and manufacturers. 
She describes her job as interesting 
and fun, with lots of different per- 
sonalities and flexibility. • About 
twice a year, Kathy Morrison 
McShane, Kate Russell and Susie 
Martin join her for a fun get to- 
gether. The summer meeting takes 
place at Kathy and George's home 
in Smithtown, Long Island. They 
float in the pool, drink too much 
champagne and have a great time 
while the kids watch in amazement. 
Kathy and George have three kids: 
Colleen is a senior at James Mason 
University, Kevin is a sophomore 
and Caitlin is in the 10th grade. 
Chris tells us that although George 
has done very well for himself, he is 
still his same old self, a joke a minute 
and tons of fun. • Kate Russell lives 
in Greenwich, CT, with her nine- 
year-old son Alex. She travels all 
over the world in her role as business 
consultant to several Fortune 500 
companies. • Susie Martin lives in 
Rye and works in the restaurant ac- 
counting field. • Dayle Soule is 
living in Costa Mesa, CA, where she 
is running a boatrigging company. 
Her daughter Bethany Patten gradu- 
ated from BC and lived with Chris 
for a few months last fall while apart- 
ment hunting in NYC. Bethany 
ended up working for a good friend 
of Chris'. • Pat Novak is living in 
Stamford, CT, and workingas a para- 
legal. Still as tall and thin as in her 
Newton days. • Jane heard from 
Cathy Brienza. Cathy and husband 
Bill are principals in a private equity 
fund focused on the media and com- 
munications industries. They have a 
son, Chris, 14. Cathy was on the 
Newton campus in January as part of 
a mentoring program for women at 

BC. Since their knowledge of New- 
ton was very limited, Cathy shared a 
bit of the history of Newton with 
them. She says it brought back many 
happy memories which have stayed 
with her since. • Cathy writes that 
KathleenMcGillycuddyisfme, that 
she works too hard, and that they see 
each other twice a year. In an aside 
Cathy describes what many of us are 
experiencing — the struggle to find 
the right balance between careers 
and the other very important parts 
of life; the importance of family and 
friends and how difficult it is to make 
time in our lives for each other. • 
Finally, Jane Hudson is organizing a 
Newton '7 1 gathering for CT alum- 
nae. Please contact her if you are 
interested in attending. Call her at 
(860) 523-0660 or e-mail her at Regards, Gigi. 



Lawrence C. Edgar 

530 S. Barrington Ave., #no 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

(310) 471-6710 

I don't know about you, but I've 
enjoyed the past football and college 
basketball seasons, notwithstanding 
the results on the Heights. I think 
that two of the best human interest 
stories in all of sports recently have 
involved our alumni: the rediscov- 
ery of Doug Flutie '85 by the NFL, 
and the comeback of Coach Jim 
O'Brien '71 at Ohio State. Here's 
how I measure their accomplish- 
ments: Flutie had to beat out an- 
other quarterback with a $2 5 million 
contract (his own bonus was $2 5 ,000) 
in order to lead the Bills to the play- 
offs; O'Brien led a team from 1 1th 
place in their conference to the top 
1 in the country. • I have a few news 
items about classmates, the first of 
which won't make you feel any 
younger. • Phil Desfosses, who's 
practicing law in ME, notes that he's 
now been married for 28 years. • 
Gerry McDonough is the legal 
counsel to the newly-elected Trea- 
surer of the State of Massachusetts. 
• Steve Murphy has been named a 
partner in a major Washington, DC, 
law firm. • Mike Devlin reports 
that he's practicing labor and em- 
ployment law in Monroe, CT. • If I 
rediscover that there's anyone in the 
class who's not an attorney, I'll let 
you know next column. 

Nancy Brouillard McKenzie, Esq. 
7526 Sebago Road 
Bethesda, MD 20817 

Our sixth annual Newton College 
Alumnae Spring Tea was again a 
tremendous success. This year's tea, 
hosted by Joanne Manning Ander- 
son NC '74, at her home in Chevy 
Chase, MD, beat a 10-inch snow- 
storm by two days. Joining us this 
year from Boston were our two rep- 
resentatives on the BC Alumni 
Board: Cathy Beyer Hurst NC '66 
and Rosemary "Ro" Golden 
Simmons NC '67. Both gave the 
annual state of the Newton speech. • 
Cathy noted a very important item: 
Elizabeth White RSCJ now assigns 
only one book for the book club 
instead of the usual two with a com- 
pare and contrast assignment. • With 
great enthusiasm, Ro announced that 
we are halfway to endowing the 
Newton chair! • Ro also announced 
that she is still reading nominations 
for the BC Alumni Awards. • Fi- 
nally, we thank Adrienne Tarr Free 
'67 and our helpers for their hard 
work in arranging the tea. Repre- 
senting our class at the tea was Lisa 
Kirby Greissing, Sally Burns, and 
yours truly. Lisa dropped in before 
duty called her to attend the Rolling 
Stones concert. • Sally is the Deputy 
Director of the United Nations De- 
velopment Program in Washington, 
DC. • Please keep in our prayers 
Mary Kine Maze NC '50. A book of 
tributes to Mary simply pales in face 
of all her volunteer work and her 
awards for that work from her par- 
ish, greater community, and tire As- 
sociated Alumni of the Sacred Heart. 
From our planning in 1993, Mary 
jumped into making our annual tea a 
success. Her enthusiasm for our 
alumnae and her love of life will 
remain with us forever. Perhaps, 
most memorable is her spontaneous 
big smile and her wit about going 
back to reunions and meeting many 
graduates from BC and Newton 
College: "I love it. I am no longer 
the oldest graduate on campus." • 
SueMartell Buffone reports that her 
daughter and Margie Cangemi 
Sullivan's daughter met and are good 
friends in the freshman class at BC. 
• Meg Barres Alonso is in the fine 
glass and porcelain business. Her 
son Matt will be going to Millersville 
State University to become a meteo- 
rologist. • Candia Curtin Barry and 
family are living in Wayne, PA. 
Candy is a product director with 
AT&T in NJ. • Josephine Vanni 
Anderson is an information analyst/ 


business reference specialist with 
Public Service Electric and Gas in 
NJ. Joey earned a master of library 
science degree from Rutgers Uni- 
versity in 1996 • Please keep Anne 
Duffy Phelan '71 and her family in 
our prayers. Anne selfishly and cou- 
rageously cared for her sister Elaine 
who passed away in January. • Also, 
please do the same for Joanne 
McCarthy Goggins NC '75 whose 
mother recently passed away. • You 
may now send me an e-mail at the 
above address or continue to call or 
write. Please take care. 


Joy A. Malone, Esq. 
16 Lewis Street 
Little Falls, NY 13365 
(315) 823-2720 
fax: (315) 823-2723 

Hello classmates. No news this col- 
umn. Our web page is under con- 
struction. See you in three months. 


Joan Brouillard Carroll 
106 Franklin Street, #1 
Brookline, MA 02445-6702 
(617) 232-2373 (h) 
(617) 223-5640 (w) 
(800) 207-5537 

When you were at Newton, did you 
always bring your dinner tray to the 
table where friends sat? Did you sit 
through SWIC with familiar faces 
from your dorm? Do you realize the 
missed opportunities to meet and 
know some fabulous women? At ev- 
ery reunion I make an effort to at 
least having a conversation with 
someone I didn't know well. I wish I 
had been mature enough in college 
to have known this. I have been try- 
ing to make this point to my niece, 
Sarah McKenzie (early admissions 
to BC honors program, I might 
add!!), and I think the message is 
getting through • I had the pleasure 
of sitting next to Betsy Keuthen 
Downing at a charity event. We 
were guests of Peggy Warnken. She 
and Celeste Walker were table 
hosts. Betsy is living in Naples, Italy 
with husband Ben, where he is on 
assignment with NATO. She was 
back in the US to help her parents 
get settled in an Assisted Living com- 
plex in Newton • My condolences to 
Sharon Gallagher on the death of 

her mother. I've been there, Sharon, 
and my prayers, for what they are 
worth, are widi you • Susanjacquet, 
real estate agent "par excellence" 
attended the annual Newton Tea 
held in DC and hosted by none other 
than my fabulous sister, Nancy 
Brouillard McKenzie (NC '72), and 
my other sister's roommate, 
Adrienne Tarr Free (NC '67). They 
had a great turnout. I had planned to 
go down but am leaving for Paris as 
we speak. A lifetime dream-come- 
true! Sue spends a lot of time in 
France, and it would have been great 
to get some pointers • Do you see 
what I mean about people? Betsy, 
Sharon (who I bump into once in a 
while at financial industry events) 
and Sue are all women I didn't know 
in school... wonderful, funny, inter- 
esting people • Margi Mulcahy 
O'Neill and Tom's son, James, is 
engaged and they are in the midst of 
wedding plans • Xmas card from 
Ann Walls Flanders and Bobby (can 
I call him that now? He is a RI 
Supreme Court judge!) • Did I tell 
you about my trip to Ireland? My 
sister Faith and I spent two weeks 
touring the north and northwest, 
ending up in Dublin with our brother 
Bill (BC '69). It was more than fabu- 
lous and I can see myself living there. 
The sweet smell of peat will never 
leave me. Faith kept talking about 
the PBS show, Ballykissangel, which 
is set in Ireland. I scoffed. But if the 
series comes back on PBS, do NOT 
miss it. It will make you laugh, cry 
and will ultimately break your heart 
• If you see a yellow VW Beetle 
driving down Centre St., be sure to 
beep! I haven't bought it yet, but 
have it in my sights — the mid-life 
crisis continues. Tell me yours! 



M A Y 21 - 24 . 1 9 9 5 

Patricia MclMabb Evans 
35 Stratton Lane 
Foxboro, MA 02035 

Thank you for all the news!! This is 
like being in a time machine; by the 
time you're reading these notes our 
2 5 th reunion will be BC history, and 
while I write them, it's snowing out- 
side! I will have all our reunion news 
in the next issue. • I hate to start out 
on such a sad note, but two of our 
classmates passed away since the last 
column: William T. McCarthy, 
whose promotion appeared in the 
last issue, died in September, leav- 
ing his wife Maffie and their 12- 
year-old son. *JoanM. Corboy was 
killed in an accident in Florida in 

January. She was a very well-re- 
garded circuit judge in Chicago, 
married to James R. Epstein and 
mother to two children. • Please 
remember the families of these fine 
classmates in your prayers. They will 
be missed by many. • Edward F. 
McVinney has joined the Norwell 
law firm of Haufler Associates. He is 
a resident of Hanover where he has 
served on the school committee and 
several other municipal boards. • I 
received a nice note from Ray 
D'Arcy, who many of us remember 
from senior year as captain of the BC 
hockey team. Ray and his family live 
in Walpole, and although he no 
longer plays hockey, he and his wife 
enjoy watching their son, a junior at 
URI, skate, and their sophomore 
daughter play Softball at Wheaton. 
He travels quite a bit for his position 
as senior VP of worldwide sales and 
marketing for Financial Times In- 
formation, a subsidiary of London- 
based Financial Times newspaper. 
Any spare time is spent pursuing his 
favorite hobby — golf! • Charles 
Neeler and his wife Kate have two 
children, Charles, 13 and Sarah, 11, 
and make their home in Richmond, 
VA. Charles directs the national ac- 
counts department for Labatt USA, 
the Canadian beer company. • Tho- 
mas Flannigan lives in Chicago 
where he has organized a midwest 
chapter of the Travellers' Century 
Club, an organization of people who 
have been to 100-plus countries! He 
writes that Boston is still the BEST 
American city. • I was very inspired 
(and humbled) to read about Sister 
Bernadette Kenney, a classmate 
who is a member of the Medical 
Missionaries of Mary. She has oper- 
ated the St. Mary' s Health Wagon 
in southeast Virginia for the last 20 
years, driving a converted Winne- 
bago through some treacherous and 
remote mountain areas of Appala- 
chia bringing free medical treatment 
and support to those who would oth- 
erwise have none. She was recog- 
nized for her tireless service to the 
poor when Sister Bernie was named 
this year's recipient of the distin- 
guished Lumen Christi Award in 
Virginia. • Bob Pink, a familiar sight 
at BC hockey games this winter, is 
president/owner of Stratford Asso- 
ciates of Quincy, a manufacturers 
rep agency serving the plumbing 
specifications market. He and his 
wife Leslie (Griffin) have two chil- 
dren: Hanna, 1 1 and Audry, eight. • 
Charles Donoghue is in trial prac- 
tice with the Boston firm of Mullen 
& McGourty. He and his wife 
Kathleen (Doyle, '73) live in 
Swampscott and can be found in 
Falmouth in the summer. They en- 

joy watching their daughter playing 
soccer, and returning to BC to sup- 
port the women' s basketball team. • 
Judith Safer has had a busy 2 5 years: 
she has been a social worker at MCI 
Framingham and for the Mass. De- 
partment of Social Services, a police 
officer and an adjustment counselor 
for the Uxbridge and Northbridge 
schools. She and husband Ronald 
have two children: Jessica, a fresh- 
man at Assumption, and Amy, an 
eighth grader. • Congratulations to 
Thomas "Rocky" Bloniarz and his 
wifejennifer as they are new parents 
of a son, John Laurence, who was 
born in September. Their home is in 
Evanston, IL. • Thanks again for 
the updates! ! ! ! There'll be more news 
next issue; take care. 


I r e u n 1 <yn 

M A Y 21 - 24 - 1 9 9 9 

Beth Docktor Nolan 
693 Boston Post Road 
Weston, MA 02493 


Hellas M.Assad 
149 Lincoln Street 
Norwood, MA 02062 
(781) 769-9542 

Whitaker can be seen in a costumed 
(nonspeaking) part in the next epi- 
sode of the new Star Wars thriller 
The Phantom Menace, courtesy of his 
cousin, Forrest Whitaker. • Jamie 
Rosencranz will be opening his pro- 
duction of a new comedy and musi- 
cal review "Riverants" opening 
sometime in 1999 in Boston's the- 
ater district. All classmates are in- 
vited to stop by with their Irish step 
dancing shoes! • Marianne-Ruskay 
Glassanus is living in Hingham and 
working as a pediatric nurse practi- 
tioner in the Brockton area. She has 
two daughters, Cara 17 and Laura 
15. She has seen quite a bit of Judy 
Shindul Rothschild recently. *Judy 
is an assistant professor in the school 
of nursing at BC and has traveled 
and published extensively in her field. 
She lives in Sherborn with her hus- 
band and two daughters, Rachel and 
Amanda. Both girls are skating com- 
petitively as their mother once did. • 
Marianne and Judy are interested in 
locating Karen Stiles and Mary Byrne 
Prendergast with whom they have 
lost touch over the years. • 
Marianne's e-mail address is • Please keep 




Have you recently moved, 
changed jobs or gotten married? 
Call us to update your record 
so we can keep you up-to-date 
on friends, classmates and BC 
happenings. You can call (617) 
552-3440 to change your record 
by phone, fax (617) 552-0077, 
e-mail, or drop 
a postcard to Boston College 
Information Services, More Hall 
220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 

the news coming. We always enjoy- 
ing hearing from you. You can reach 
us at www. alumni. comments 
© Take care and have a 
splendid summer. 


Margaret M. Caputo 
102 West Pine Place 
St. Louis, MO 63108 
(3M) 444-3308 


Gerald B. Shea, Esq. 

135 Bradstreet Avenue, #1 

Revere, MA 02151 

After leaving The Heights, John T. 
Prince garnered his Ph.D. in biol- 
ogy from MIT in 1 986 and moved to 
San Diego. In that sunny clime, he 
researched brain development, uti- 
lizing molecular biology, at the 
Burnham Institute (formerly the La 
Jolla Cancer Research Foundation). 
In 1992, John started work as a se- 
nior staff Fellow at the National In- 
stitutes of Health, before joining an 
engineering company, Geo-Centers, 
Inc., as a Biotechnology group su- 
pervisor. In the latter position, he 
participated in the research and de- 
velopment of biosynthetic spider silk. 
In 1997, John earned his law degree 
from the California Western School 
of Law, subsequently passing the 
bars in California and Massachu- 
setts. He and his wife, Anne (GA&S 
'79), with daughter Christine, re- 
cently moved back to Boston, where 

he works in the intellectual property 
division of the law firm of Mintz 
Levin Colin Ferris Glovsky and 
Popeo, P.C.John specializes in bio- 
technology patent prosecution, of- 
ten practicing before the US Patent 
& Trademark Office. The Princes 
reside in Brighton, no doubt pining 
for San Diego weather with each 
and every snowfall. Welcome back! 
Paul X. Hayes still works for 
Westinghouse in the defense con- 
tracting area, and recently was sent 
for intensive, four months' training 
to Columbia, MD. His wife, Valerie, 
and their three lovely children, 
Michael, Meaghan and Katie, are 
manning the fort back home in Ari- 
zona while Paul trains away (be- 
tween visits, of course). Old cronies, 
such as this writer, threaten to visit 
Paul in MD, but he keeps changing 
the temporary abodes. • Last issue's 
notes referenced Billy Russell 
Collins, misfortunately without 
benefit of his last name. Mea culpa 
to the tallest of "The Boston Six." • 
Kathleen O'Toole is now safely 
ensconced as executive director of 
the Alumni Association, with work 
proceeding full speed ahead. Kathy's 
great experience in law enforcement 
made her an easy choice to partici- 
pate in the ongoing Irish peace pro- 
cess, overseeing and preparing 
recommendations for changes in of- 
ficial police forces. We all wish her 
good luck and godspeed in this im- 
portant work. Word is that the Eagle 
football team had a very fine recruit- 
ment class. Kudos to Coach Jim 
O'Brien and his staff! Also, the BC 
women's basketball team finished 
the regular season with a record of 
21-7 and earned its first-ever berth 
in the NCAA tournament. Way to 
go, Coach Cathy Inglese and staff! • 
When spring fever brings those 
surges of energy, please take time to 
drop a line. God bless! 


Mary )o Mancuso Otto 
256 Woodland Road 
Pittsford, NY 14534 
(716) 383-1475 
Fax: (716) 586-3347 

John R. Lepsen writes that after 17 
years at International Paper, he has 
moved on to Crompton & Knowles, 
a specialty chemical company with 
headquarters in Stamford, CT, as 
corporate treasurer. John lives in 
Weston CT, with his wife Joan and 
three sons, James, seven, and Chris- 
topher and Jonathan, three. • Paula 
Gibilisco Arthur is a software con- 

sultant for Judge Technical and is 
working at Merck & Co. in Rahway, 
NJ. Her husband Don is a documen- 
tation specialist for Schering Plough. 
They have one son, Timothy, who is 
eight. Paula and Don have been 
married 19 years and live in Warren 
Township, NJ. • Nina Zannieri was 
elected president of the New En- 
gland Museum Association. Nina has 
been director of the Paul Revere 
Memorial Association, which owns 
and operates the Paul Revere House 
and the Hichborn House since 1986. 
She was also curator at the R.I. His- 
torical Society, and guest lectures at 
the Harvard Extension School and 
Tufts University in their museum 
studies programs. Nina and her hus- 
band Doug Vogel live in Pawtucket, 
RI. • Susan Wilson McQuaid is the 
new community benefits manager 
or Caritas Norwood/Southwood 
Hospitals. Susan is also an educator 
and campus minister at BC High 
and is a teacher in the adult master 
teacher program for the archdiocese 
of Boston. • Have a great summer! 
Please write me with all your news! 


Cathleen J. Ball Foster 
15105 Cedar Tree Drive 
Burtonsville, MD 20866-1152 
(301) 549-32" 



| M A r 21 24.1 9 9 9 

Laura Vitagliano 
78 Wareham Street 
Medford, MA 02155 

Hi! As I sit here writing this column, 
the days are getting longer, which is 
a sure sign that spring is coming 
(even if this chilly February day is 
telling me something else!) While 
you're reading tliis column hoping 
to hear about the "reunion," you'll 
have to wait until the next issue since 
this column is written so far ahead. I 
hope that you have enjoyed the class 
activities this year, and that you at- 
tended the "20th!" • Molly Duggan 
Russin has three children: Kelly, 
11, Drew, seven, and Connie, five. 
She is working as an editor at Merck 
in Pennsylvania and was looking 
forward to seeing everyone at the 
reunion. • Stephen Smith is a con- 
sultant at JFB Enterprises in New 
Jersey. • Dan Wilson works for the 
MIT Libraries in the administrative 
section. When not at work he acts, 
and has appeared in almost 50 pro- 

ductions in over six years! These 
include a Media One commercial, 
an industrial cd-rom for Fleet Bank, 
and appearances with BC's Bridge 
Theater Company. • Deborah Cox 
sent her annual Christmas card, let- 
ter and collage! Kristin, eighth grade, 
and Stephen, K'garten, are getting 
bigger and are as active as ever! Her 
husband Steve has moved to Con- 
sumer Imaging at Kodak. Deborah 
has a new job at Kodak as the depart- 
ment manager of Roller Develop- 
ment and Manufacturing, which 
makes fuser rollers for the copiers/ 
printers. • Dr. Michael Albert is a 
general surgeon at Bay State Medi- 
cal Center in Springfield. • Stephen 
Smith (aka Woody) recently re- 
turned to the US to live from 
Trinidad and Tobago, and now re- 
sides in New Jersey and was looking 
forward to reunion events. • I re- 
turned from a trip to Las Vegas in 
February and had a great time! I'm 
not a gambler, but there is so much 
to see and do out there! Remember, 
I'll have reunion updates in the next 


Dr. John Carabatsos 
478 Torrey Street 
Brockton, MA 02301 

Thank you to everyone who has con- 
tributed to our class notes since I 
have taken over this job. It has been 
great hearing from all of you and I 
hope that your participation will in- 
spire others to contact me. • I ran 
into John Barone at the Pittsburgh 
basketball game and he told me he 
recently ran in to Mike Bell at Jack 
Rigney's child's christening. • Mike 
Carifio offers this quick assessment 
of his life since 1980. After years as a 
computer hacker type at Digital, 
Open Market, he now runs his own 
consulting practice at http:// Now that 
computers have come down in price, 
he runs his own computer lab in his 
basement (shades of Gasson). His 
wife, Melissa Roche Carifio, worked 
for a big six accounting firm and 
then chucked it all for a degree in 
education. She has been a classroom 
teacher in various grades, taught at 
Simmons College and now works 
full time as "mom" for Kevin, nine 
and Rebecca, six. • Erin McManus 
Motameni works at Data General 
Corporation as a VP of Worldwide 
Human Resources. She is married 
with two children — David, 12 and 
Lisa, eight. She claims that these 


two sentences pretty much summa- 
rize her life, although there aren't 
enough hours in the day. • Speaking 
of not enough hours in the day, it 
seems from a recent conversation 
with Michael Martin that he is 
working part-time for Compaq 
Computers in Nashua, NH, and full- 
time as a coach/Cub Scout leader/ 
chauffeur for his three children. He 
and Michelle Alafat Martin live in 
Brookline, NH. • Great news from 
my roommate and four-year side- 
kick Dr. Steve Balsamo and his 
wife Jody Lawrence Balsamo '81. 
They are the proud parents of twins, 
Lauren and Joseph, born on January 
2 . Mom, Dad and children are doing 
fine despite a lack of sleep. Steve has 
been practicing medicine in Clifton 
Park, NY, for 1 years. • Dr. Michael 
Shapiro and his wife Laurie live in 
Raynham, with their children, Matt 
and Brian. Mike is a periodontist in 
Brockton, and is also heavily involved 
in the coach/chauffeur thing. • 
Christine McNulty lives in New- 
ton with her daughters Alicia and 
Rachel. She is currently the Direc- 
tor of Hospital Development for 
New England Bank in Newton. She 
recendy received her Executive MBA 
from BU. • Drew Anderson writes 
from Pordand, ME, where he lives 
with his wife and five children, ages 
12 to four, and two dogs. He is a 
partner at the Portland law firm of 
Murray, Plumb and Murray. He con- 
centrates in commercial real estate 
and corporate law. • KevinJ. Willis 
was recendy promoted by GE to 
head their Aircraft Engine Import- 
Export Compliance Program. He 
and his family recendy moved from 
the Boston area to Cincinnati, Ohio. 
He has two children, five and three 
years of age. 


Alison Mitchell McKee, Esq. 
1128 Brandon Road 
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 
(757) 428-0861 

It was great to hear from Peter 
Sandorse and Mary Lemieux 
Sandorse who decided to check in 
after the birth of their third child, 
Margaret, six months. Margaret joins 
sister Mary-Kate, six, and brother 
Matthew, five. • After graduating 
from New England School of Law, 
Mary and her father-in-law went into 
practice together in 1990, forming 
Sandorse and Associates in Melrose. 
They have a family law practice with 
several employees and really enjoy 

the challenges of a small firm. • 
Peter graduated from Rhode Island 
School of Design. After working with 
several architectural firms in Bos- 
ton, in 1990, he started his own firm, 
Phoenix Architects, which special- 
izes in high-end residential design. 
The Sandorse family lives in Wake- 
field. • I also received a nice update 
from Joe 1 1 ark ins He and his wife, 
Sue, were blessed with another child, 
Julia Isabel, in April. She joins her 
two-year-old brother, Christian. • 
You probably recall that the Harkins 
lost their first child, Ryan, in No- 
vember, 1996. I know that many of 
our classmates were very supportive 
of Joe and Sue during that very dif- 
ficult time and will be delighted to 
hear the Harkins' happy news. • Also, 
after 15 rewardingyearsatCushman 
& Wakefield, this past fall Joe ac- 
cepted a position at Tishman Real 
Estate Services as senior VP han- 
dling commercial real estate con- 
sulting and brokerage for corporate 
clients and property owners, prima- 
rily in the Manhattan office market. 
Tishman's 100-year heritage of di- 
verse real estate activities in the of- 
fice building and hotel and 
entertainment sectors, both as a prin- 
cipal and for clients, was a major 
factor in Joe's decision to move. • In 
closing, I pass along to you a special 
request from Teresa Luckhowec 
Langworthy whose husband, Mark, 
is battling cancer. Teresa has asked 
that her BC classmates pray for her, 
Mark, and their three children, 
Christine 15, Thomas 13, and Rob- 
ert 1 0, during this very difficult time. 
I know you will. 


John Feudo 

8 Whippletree Lane 

Amherst, MA 01002-3100 


Happy spring, everyone. On days 
like this, I think about concerts on 
the Dustbowl and cheap cases of 
Blatz or Red, White & Blues from 
Murray's. How times have changed 
. . . actually, I still drink the R, W and 
Bs — they just cost more now! ! • The 
winter months must have been quiet 
for all of you, because I haven't got- 
ten many class notes. •TimKleczka 
is a VP at the investment bank 
Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette in 
NYC, where he manages a financial 
control and risk analysis group. He 
and his wife Nora have been living in 
Wantagh Woods, Long Island for 
the past 10 years. They have two 

children, Lindsay, five and Justin, 
one. • Lawrence Serven has writ- 
ten a new book, Value Planning: The 
New Approach to Building Value Every 
Day. Published by John Wiley & 
Sons, Inc., his book addresses one of 
the business world's chief issues — 
building a value management sys- 
tem. After leaving BC, he received 
his MBA from Duke. His work has 
been featured in publications such as 
CFO Magazine. • My old mod 40B 
neighbor, Ginny (Phillips) Ertl is 
now the President of GE Capital 
Performance Technology Solutions 
in Stamford, CT. Ginny has been 
with GE Capital for 10 years, and 
this new venture is the first to spe- 
cialize in products that promote com- 
petency in financial services. I think 
it's about time I hear from the rest of 
you from 40B! • I also have news to 
share. Just in time for March Mad- 
ness, I left the University of Massa- 
chusetts to become the executive 
director of the University of Con- 
necticut Alumni Association. It's a 
great opportunity to work at one of 
the country's top public institutions. 
For the near future at least, I'll 
commute from Amherst, where I'm 
enjoying life with my two little cher- 
ubs, Alison, nine and Tony, seven. 
• Let's hear from you! You can 
either e-mail me, or send a message 
to the BC Alumni Association at Of 
course, snail mail works, too. And as 
we get ready for springtime, let's 
just hope that we don't see a replay 
of our freshman year, when the Sox 
played the Yankees in a playoff game 
for the division title. I'd hate to see 
Clemens on the mound wearing 
those pinstripes! 


Cynthia J. Bocko 

71 Hood Road 

N. Tewksbury, MA 01876 


Wishing you all a joyful June! This 
looks like the smallest column to 
date for our class. Let's make an 
effort to send a quick update for next 
time! Kathleen Proulx (formerly 
Kathleen Costello) and her husband 
recently built a new home in 
Windham, NH. Kathleen accepted 
a new position as VP, strategic plan- 
ning at Parkland Medical Center in 
Derry, NH. • Sandy Deutsch 
wants to let Mary Russo know 
that she's happily living the single 
life in Phoenix, Arizona. • Sandy 
works as a crisis counselor in an 

emergency center and escapes the 
stress of the ER by traveling every 
chance she gets. • On a recent trip 
back East, Sandy met up with BC 
pals Sue Lange and Maureen 
Keane. • Don't forget to send your 
e-mails to or 



| M A Y 2 1 -24.1 9 9 9 

Carol A. Baclawski, Esq. 
29 Beacon Hill Road 
W. Springfield. MA 01089 
(413) 737-2166 

Patrick Lee has been appointed VP 
at Cambridge Savings Bank in Mas- 
sachusetts. Pat has worked at Cam- 
bridge Savings for six years, and 
presendy manages the commercial 
real estate department in the Bank's 
commercial lending division. • Last 
November, Adrian Kerrigan was 
appointed VP for Institutional Ad- 
vancement at Le Moyne College, in 
Syracuse, New York. Adrian and wife 
Sandy have three sons: Jake, Nick 
and Liam. • After earning his 
master's degree in theology from 
The Man' Knoll School of Theol- 
ogy, Steve Tumolo moved to Albu- 
querque, New Mexico, were he 
teaches at both Dismas House and 
The Center for Action and Contem- 
plation. • Juliette Dacey Fay is the 
director of the Center for Parents 
and Teachers in Concord. She and 
her husband Tony BC '83 live in 
Wayland with their children 
Brianna, age five and Liam, age three. 
•Joseph Patchen is a partner in the 
law firm of Carlile, Patchen and 
Murphy in Ohio. • Jerome Larkin 
is a physician in Springfield. • Mar- 
garet Holda has been promoted to 
VP of advocacy and marketing at 
South Shore Hospital in South 
Weymouth. • Gary Pesto lives in 
the Back Bay of Boston and works as 
a freelance Italian document trans- 
lator. In addition, he is employed in 
the Alumni Association at the MIT 
in Cambridge and is a member of the 
Greater Boston Business Council. 
Gary writes that he recently enjoyed 
an 1 1 -day, five-city vacation through 
Italy. • Brian Joyce as recently 
re-elected to a full term in the Mass. 
Senate. Brian and wife Man' have 
five children Jake, nine; Mike, eight; 
Maggie, seven; Jimmy, three, and 
Andrew, one. • Carolyn Davis re- 
ceived a master's degree in social 
work from the Columbia University 
School of Social Work. She now 
works in NYC for the Mayor's Of- 
fice Employee Assistance Program. 
• Kristyn Kuhn Stout lives outside 



Annapolis, Maryland where she is 
director of publications and public 
relations for a private secondary 
school. In addition to writing, edit- 
ing, desktop design and photogra- 
phy, she also teaches journalism at 
the Severn School and is the faculty 
advisor to the student newspaper. 
Kristyn has two sons, Taylor, seven 
and Jordan, six. • She and BC class- 
mates Lori Manni Mason and Lori 
Davidian Kashgegian remain close 
friends. Lori M. lives in RI where 
she is a partner to a large construc- 
tion firm. Her son Peter is six. • Lori 
K. and family live in Burlington. She 
has two daughters, Christina, six and 
Caroline, two. • AnnMendez, lives 
in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She is 
president of The Contact Group, 
Inc., a public relations, integrated 
communication and strategic plan- 
ning firm. • Matthew and Chris- 
tine Mullarey live in Worcester, 
and have two children: Hannah, 
three and Moira, one. Matthew is a 
prosecutor for the Worcester 
County District Attorney's Office. • 
Melissa Stand married William Fike 
in August of 1997. They live in Stam- 
ford, CT. Melissa teaches first grade 
in Greenwich. In addition, she per- 
forms as an actress/singer in the na- 
tionally televised PBS Show, The 
News in Revue, a musical satire, for 
which she earned a regional Emmy 
nomination for Best Acting last Sep- 
tember. • Mark and Pauline Per- 
ron were married on Nantucket 
Island. They now reside in Easton, 
where Mark owns a residential de- 
velopment company. Wedding 
guests from BC included Barry 
Hynes, Steve Mingok, John and 
Jacqui Miller, Chris Kennedy and 
Marty Knee. • Kerry Schmidt wed 
Danny Hardy in Carmel, CA on 
August 22, 1997. BCers attending 
were Amy Ritter Murphy, Patrick 
White, Connie and Tim McCarthy, 
Grethen Werner McGrory, Mary 
Rotanz Thornton, Ester Vita and 
Jeff Smith. • Kerry and Danny live 
in Los Angeles, CA. • Joann 
McCarthy Oleynik and husband 
Ken announced the birth of their 
son Ryan Robert. Ryan was born on 
July 17, and joins sister Colleen, 
five. Ryan's grandfather, Robert 
McCarthy ' 5 1 was quite pleased with 
the choice of names. Joann is a sys- 
tems analyst at Bayer Corporation 
in West Haven, and Ken is a dentist 
in Shelton. They reside in 
Woodbridge, CT. • Maureen Packer 
Quinn and husband William, wel- 
come dieir first child, Ryan George 
on July 3. They reside in Conway, 
New Hampshire. Maureen works for 
Central Bancservice Corporation in 
Chocorua, NH. • Lydia J. Voles 

and husband, Rick Lepkowski wel- 
comed their first child Jack Joseph 
born July 22. Lydia is VP of Ellen 
Ryder Communications, a New York 
public relations firm. • Ann Evans 
O'Toole is VP of operations and 
development at Franklin Pierce As- 
sociates in Boston. Ann and husband 
Tim are expecting their first child. • 
William McDonough and wife 
Kathy announced the birth of their 
third child, Liam, born December 
21, 1997. He joins sisters Alanna and 
Siobhan. Bill works for John 
Hancock, Inc., where he heads up 
sales in New England. Bill is also a 
volunteer hockey coach at Melrose 
High School. They live in Andover. 

• Last August 20, Susan Arnold 
Quick and husband Mike, welcomed 
their second child Brian McDonald. 
The baby joins sister Katelin. 'Kelly 
Brewer and husband Paul an- 
nounced the birth of twin daugh- 
ters, Amanda and Emma born last 
April 22 and April 23 (just before 
and after midnight). Kelly writes that 
she misses Boston and New England 
but enjoys life in Kalamazoo, MI. 
Kelly is a realtor with a local inde- 
pendent firm and Paul is an engineer 
with Parker Hannifin. Kelly would 
love to hear from any classmates 
living in Southern Michigan and can 
be reached at Pbrewer 

• Robin (Antonellis) Conti is mar- 
ried and has two daughters Danielle 
and Deena and is expecting a third 
child in March. They live in Belmont. 

• Maria Pistorino Keroackis and 
husband live in Marblehead, with 
daughters, Mary Lis and Brittany. 
They are expecting their third child 
injanuary. • Lisa Bernier-Moulton 
and her husband welcomed their first 
child, a daughter, Carly. Lisa works 
for Mullen Advertising in Rockport. 

• Trish (Malcolm) Urquidi is mar- 
ried and lives in Key Biscayne, FL. 
She has two daughters: Christina 
and Nicole. • Ellen (Falvey) Hollis 
is married and lives in Scituate with 
daughters Kathleen and Erin. • Bob 
& Terri (Pendergast) Haidinger 
live in Greenwich, CT. They have 
four children. • Robin Wilson 
Downing is married and has one 
daughter, Jennifer. Robin works for 
Raytheon and lives in Medway. • 
Thank for the letters. Please keep 
them coming. You can also e-mail 
me at alumni. comments @ 


Barbara Ward Wilson 
32 Saw Mill Lane 
Medfield, MA 02052 

Hello again to my fellow classmates. 
I hope that all is well and that you 
have had a wonderful spring. • Con- 
gratulations to Carol Anne and Paul 
Cushing on the arrival of their 
daughter Bridget Anne on Decem- 
ber 21, 1998. Bridget joined her 
three-year-old brother Jack in the 
family home in Marblehead. Paul is 
in the litigation department at the 
law firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart 
in Boston. • Beth (Bilodeau) Grella 
is living in Franklin with her hus- 
band Gene, daughter Julia, six, and 
sons Gene, four and Oliver, two. 
Beth is working for Cahners Busi- 
ness Information as a business ana- 
lyst in their human resource 
department. Beth is very fortunate 
because she works primarily from 
her home. • Congratulations to Tom 
and Sally (Tychanich) Healy on 
the arrival of Elizabeth in December 
1998. Sally is busy at home in 
Norwalk, CT with Elizabeth and 
her older sister Sarah who is three. • 
Further congratulations to Andy 
('84) and Allison Lynch Hone on 
the birth of their second daughter 
on December 7, 1998. Natalie Eliza- 
beth Beverly joins her older sister 
Caroline who is four years old , in the 
family's Natick home. Allison re- 
tired from her job as a VP at Mellon 
Bank to work at home with her two 
daughters. Rumor has it that there 
were easier days at the office — a fact 
that any parent can confirm! • Kevin 
and Cindy (Hockenhull) McCahill 
and their son Matthew who was 16 
months at the time, welcomed new 
baby brother Jack on November 12, 
1998. The McCahill family is living 
in New Canaan, CT. • Nancy 
Gonsalves and her fiancee Bill Baum 
met in Nagano, Japan at the Winter 
Olympics. Bill is a ski coach for the 
US men's alpine team and Nancy 
was working in the Athletes' Village 
coordinating housing for the US 
team. They are planning a Septem- 
ber 1999 wedding in Colorado 
Springs. Nancy is now living in Salt 
Lake City where she is working with 
the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing 
Committee as the manager of the 
Paralympics, The Paralympics fol- 
low the Olympics and are Games for 
the disabled athletes. Nancy and the 
rest of mod 14A got together in 
February 1999 at Loon Mountain 
for a lot of fun. • Cathy Murphy 
Counsell is a scientist in Boston and 
has one daughter. • Peggy Fleming 

Strakosch keeps busy with her three 
children and still finds time to train 
for running races and triathlons. • 
Kathy Donahue Kelleher moved 
with her husband Peter and three 
kids to Walpole. Kathy works for 
Fidelity Investments. • Ann Porell 
McGoIdrick, husband Jeff and three 
kids live in Reading. • Chrissy 
D'Entremont Mosher lives on the 
Cape in Falmouth and keeps busy 
coaching soccer and working part- 
time at a women's shelter. She and 
her husband Bill have two children. 
• Lynne Frates McEvoy and her 
family recently moved to Houston, 
TX from Woodstock, VT. Lynne is 
coaching her daughter's soccer team 
and plays competitive club tennis. • 
Julianne Paolino Palumbo is liv- 
ing in Pawtucket, RI and working as 
an employee benefits attorney at 
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder in Provi- 
dence where she recendy was made 
a partner. Julianne and her husband 
have three children, Teddy, five, 
Marina, three, and Christian, one. • 
Eduardo Palmieri, his wife and four 
sons, Michael and William, five, Jo- 
seph, three and Eduardo, two, are 
living in Guilford, CT. Eduardo is 
trying to locate his old roommate 
Eric Temple. • Steven Karl re- 
cendy married Kara Jeanne Standifer 
of Bowie, MD. Steven is assigned to 
the deputy chief of staff for logistics 
on the Army staff at the Pentagon. • 
Congratulations to Gail and John 
Sadowey on the arrival of Gunnar 
Gretzky Sadowey on October 5, 
1998. In addition to letters that you 
send to me please e-mail updates 
directly to: alumni. comments®, and they will be included in 
the next column. 


Karen Broughton Boyarsky 
2909 The Concord Court 
Ellicott City, MD 21042 

The new year brought a wonderful 
event for Bruce and I to attend, the 
wedding of Mary Lou Burke and 
Paul Afonso ! The wedding was beau- 
tiful, celebrated by Fr. McGowan at 
St. Ignatious and followed by an 
elegant reception at the Ritz Carlton. 
Lou Lou was stunning and accom- 
panied by bridesmaid, Maureen 
Connaughton Apap and her ador- 
able son, Tommy, was the ring 
bearer! • It was great to see lots of 
old friends, including Karen Lynch, 
who is recendy engaged! Congrats 
on your engagement and also on 
your new job! Karen is an attorney in 
Manhattan widi the firm Morris, 


Mahoney and Miller. • I also spent 
rime with Donna Alcott Riordan 

and her husband, Jack. Donna re- 
cently took a new position as a su- 
pervisor for the district attorney's 
office in Wareham. Donna and Jack 
live on the Cape. • It was great to see 
Sue Evans Hanly and her husband, 
Ken, who are living in Westford 
with their four children. Sue recently 
ran her second Boston Marathon. • 
Steve and Kathy Parks Hoffman 
were a part of the ceremony and had 
two of their three lovely children 
with them at St. Ignatious. • It was 
great to see Karen Myers who is the 
NBC Anchor for the six and 11 
o'clock news in White River Junc- 
tion, VT. It was also great to see 
Eileen Foley and Kathy Blouin. • 
Jeanne Sprano Gambino and her 
husband Greg were in town for the 
festivities. They live in New Jersey 
with their two sons and Jeanne is in 
consulting in the telecommunica- 
tions field. • Karen McCann and 
her husband made the trip from 
Chicago as did Michael Grant from 
New York. • Michael is VP of United 
Healthcare and divides his time be- 
tween Manhattan and the Hamptons. 

• It was nice to see Bob Capalbo 
who is still with die Housing De- 
partment of BC. • Lou Lou and Paul 
are living in Boston. Congrats!! • It 
was great to hear from Andrea 
Gagne Pierce who with husband 
Brian and three kids are living in 
Japan. If you are traveling to the Far 
East, Andrea would love to hear from 
you, PSC 76 Box 6572 APO AP 
963 19. She is about 450 miles north 
of Tokyo at Misawa Air Force Base. 
Her husband is a physician with the 
Air Force. • Jenny Miller Rand and 
husband John welcome new baby, 
Steven, who joins bigsisterMichelle. 
The Rands live in White Plains, NY. 

• Drake Bchrakis has lots of news 
to share. He is married to Maria 
Exarhopoulos and they recently had 
a new baby (future Eagle), a son, 
George. Drake manages his family's 
commercial real estate portfolio and 
lives in Sudbury. Congrats! • Bob 
Itri is a partner in the Phoenix law 
firm of O'Connor, Cavanagh and is 
the co-chair of the firm's technology 
and intellectual property law group. 
Bob recently celebrated his 10th 
wedding anniversary with wife, 
Bridget and daughter, Mia. Although 
Bob does not get to Boston often, he 
would love to hear from classmates. 

• The mail was slow this time so I 
have included my e-mail address to 
make things a little easier for you 
guys to keep in touch! ! • You may e- 
mail me at: 
Happy Summer! 


Catherine Stanton Rooney 
4 Bushnell Terrace 
Braintree, MA 02184 

Hi! I hope that you're all well and 
have wonderful plans for the sum- 
mer. We have some great news this 
column • Congratulations to Dawn 
Curtis and Tim Hanle who were 
married October 3rd at Chelston, 
the residence of the US consul gen- 
eral in Bermuda. BC friends who 
attended were Jere and Melissa 
Tyrrell Doyle, Tim and Lynne 
MacDonald McCarthy, John and 
Katie Molumphy McNamara, Su- 
san Donovan Prudente, Suzanne 
Pannuto Stevens, Monique Donovan 
Deragon, Kathy Schiliro Harrington, 
Julie WalshJoyce and Charlie Micol. 
By all accounts they had a blast! 
Dawn and Tim still live at the 
Charlestown Navy Yard. She is the 
director of communications for the 
new Seaport Hotel and World Trade 
Center in Boston, and Tim is an 
account executive with Programart 
Corporation in Cambridge. • Mel- 
issa and Jere Doyle just had a baby 
girl injanuary, their fourth. • Bobby 
and Julie Walsh Joyce had a baby 
boy injanuary, their third. • Kathy 
Schiliro Harrington and her hus- 
band Scott are living in California 
with their two sons. • Kim Wyson 
Huhndorf and her husband Eric 
live in Bolton with their daughter 
Corinne, who's four and a half, and 
just welcomed their son Brandon on 
February 15th. Kim left American 
Express to be an at-home mom when 
Corinne was born, and she sings 
with the St. Ignatius choir every week 
at9:30. • Elizabeth Reilly McCain 
and her husband Patrick live in 
Jamestown, NC with their two 
daughters, Kelly, who's two and a 
half, and Kristen, who was born in 
June 1998. Beth works part time 
from home as a CPA. • Steve 
D'Antonio has been in the yachting 
industry since graduation. He man- 
ages a boatbuilding and repair yard, 
Zimmerman Marine, in Matthews, 
VA. He's also a contributing editor 
for cruising world magazine, based 
in Newport. He'll be the navigator 
aboard the "Scaramouche" for the 
1999 Massachusetts to Bermuda 
yacht race. • Micha and Maly 
McCarthy Arbisi welcomed their 
son, James Christopher, on Hallow- 
een, and hope he will be an Eagle 
one day. They've been married for 
nine years, and are living in Wilton, 
CT. • Elisa Bland is associate direc- 
tor of the Community Health Cen- 

ter at New England Medical Center, 
where she has worked for almost 
seven years. • I got a great update 
from Stephanie Giannaros 
Doherty who is a VP at Cone Com- 
munications, a marketingand public- 
relations firm in Boston. She and her 
husband Steven live in Wakefield 
with their son Matthew, who's two. 
She contributed the following up- 
dates: • Chieh Ju Tsai is an up-and- 
coming designer in NYC. She 
designs clothes for Hannah Hardy 
and also opened a women's clothing 
store called "Tsai" which is in the 
Nolita section of NYC. Michelle 
Murray Tetrault and husband Tim 
have two children, Taryn who's six 
and TJ who's four. She is in private 
practice as a clinical social worker in 
Exeter, NH and the family lives in 
Stratham, NH. Jacqueline 
Kelleher-Boyle and her husband 
Chris have two girls, Madeline who's 
three and Anna who's one. They live 
in Lynnfield. Jodie Lohk Newman 
was just married at a great celebra- 
tion in Saratoga Springs, NY. She 
lives in Gainesville, FL with her 
husband Christian, and is director of 
human resources at Infotech. 
Catherine Hudson has been very 
busy playing an integral role in a 
new start-up company called Inno- 
vations in upstate New York. The 
company manufactures specialized 
pill dispensers for pharmacists. 
Catherine is the director of customer 
relations. Kimberly Kohoski 
McLaughlin and husband John '88 
have two boys, two-year-old Billy 
and four-year-old Connor. Kim is 
the Career Center program director 
at the Department of Labor and 
Workforce Development in Boston. 
The family lives in Canton. Andrea 
Pingeton Harvey also wrote in with 
several updates. She and her hus- 
band Jim live in Michigan with their 
daughter Katherine who's one. An- 
drea is taking a break from her nurs- 
ing career to be a full-time mom and 
Jim is a hotel general manager. Col- 
leen Preston Dodi and her hus- 
band Joe recently bought a home in 
Chestnut Hill. They have a two- 
year-old daughter, Emma. Coleen 
works for Communities United, Inc. 
and Joe works for Houghton Mifflin 
Co. Carol DeVirglio Hurley and 
her husband Patrick live in Con- 
necticut with their children; Ryan is 
three and Megan is one. Carol works 
part time as a social worker and 
Patrick is a bond trader. That's all 
the news for now. Thanks to every- 
one who took the time to e-mail and 
write in. Please continue to stay in 
touch. Have a great summer, and 
we'll see you September. 


Laura Germak Ksenak 
54 Kendal Avenue 
Maplewood. NJ 07040 

(973) 313-9787 

Steve, Isabel and I just welcomed 
new neighbors David Blaskey and 
family to our neighborhood. The 
newest member of the Blaskey fam- 
ily, Nicholas, born in December, 
packed up his onesies and three 
months of Hoboken memories and 
moved with daddy David, mommy 
Linda and brother Trey to 
Maplewood, NJ, in March. • Patty 
Cox Braunegg, husband David, and 
daughter Anneliese welcomed 
Daniel Konrad to the family in Oc- 
tober '98. Little Danny weighed in 
at 8 lbs. 13.5 oz. The newly ex- 
panded Braunegg family resides in 
Concord. • Andy Colgan married 
Alexis Agudelo of Miami in May, 10 
years to the day of our sweltering 
graduation ceremony. Andy is cur- 
rently a resident in oral and maxillo- 
facial surgery in Oklahoma City until 
he can get back to Miami with his 
new bride. • Richard Person, now 
of Flanders, NJ, was named partner 
at Carter, Ledyard & Milburn in 
NYC. • Lisa Shea Just took a new 
gig as Inside Sales Representative 
for BankVest Capital Corp. in 
Marlboro. Lisa is now living in 
Watertown. • Ellen Sullivan is re- 
cruiting students as an admissions 
officer at Harvard University and 
recruitingvolunteers as board mem- 
ber of Habitat Boston. • David Craft 
is General Counsel and Senior Ac- 
count Executive with Craft Insur- 
ance, a family-run independent 
insurance agency. David lives in Jack- 
son, MS. • Mina Buenviaje Blazon 


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is now a full-rime mommy to sons 
Andrew and Thomas. Mina, the boys 
and husband John live in Orlando 
surrounded by orange groves and 
theme parks. Mina would love to 
hear from old roomies, Sheila 
Carroll, Deborah Seferiadis, and 
Ellen Gerend. • Tim and Joanne 
McDewit Burke are back in 
Beantown after nine long years in 
the Big Apple. Tim is a senior asso- 
ciate at Bingham, Dana & Gould 
and Joanne is with Republic Na- 
tional Bank. • Formerlyjohn Nano 
took his bride's name and is now 
John Taggert. John and wife Heather 
live in CT, where John is a surgical 
resident and Heather is an ICU 
nurse. • In addition to running her 
own law practice, Maria Ventullo, 
who lives in Stoneham with hubby 
Andrew Long, keeps in close touch 
with former roomies, Giovanna 
Galbiati, Amy (Cantalupa) Sobchuk, 
Irene (McGillicuddy) Connelly, 
Karen (Valentino) Fallon, and Tricia 
Sheehan. • Michael Antrobus 
moved back to Baton Rouge to be 
the assistant editor of the Baton Rouge 
Business Report. Michael shared with 
us a personal business report, more 
specifically his short-term goals of 
having in-laws and babies, and read- 
ing Anna Karenina by the beginning 
of the millennium. Any interested 
mates or book clubbers send your 
resumes. • Rob Norton lives in 
Montague, with wife Lynn Candels 
(SON '89) and their three dogs and 
a horse. Rob is teaching English at 
Amherst Regional High. • Julie 
Mahoney Morrison lives in har- 
mony in Sharon with husband Chris, 
and their two dogs and three birds. • 
Maria Henriksen and Scott Burke 
live in Nashua, NH, with daughters 
Amanda and Ashley. •JenniferRyan 
Alleva, husband Dave, and daugh- 
ters Christina and Natalie have made 
a happy home in Southhampton, NJ. 
• If you're in the Baltimore area, you 
can catch Steve Davis twice daily, 
sportscasring for WBFF-TV, the 
Baltimore FOX affiliate. When he's 
not on the air, Steve is hanging out 
with his wife, Monica in their Co- 
lumbia, MD home. • Donna Robey 
Spencer married hubby Bruce in 
November '94 with classmates Dawn 
Mitchell, Sayra Velez Hughes and 
Martha Hull at her side. • Sarah 
Marcoux Thompson is teaching 
kindergarten in West Peabody and 
in her spare time hanging out with 
hubby John and their son Charlie. • 
Lawrence Kane is a researcher/ 
postdoctoral Fellow at University of 
California at San Francisco. • Paul 
Deters and wife Mary Ann work 
together at their family-owned busi- 
ness, Metro Detroit Signs, and play 

together at home in Bloomfield Hills, 
MI, with sons Matthew and Jack. • 
Ginamarie Talford splits her time 
between teaching high school En- 
glish and training in Tang Soo Do. • 
Ann Gorman Lutz and husband 
Vid celebrated the birth of their son 
Vid Alan in June '97. You know what 
they say, two Vids are better than... • 
Christopher Sci married Jayanne 
Gammon in November '96 with 
BCersJohn Volpe, John Marenco 
and Tyrone Edwards attending. • 
Pam Plunkett Schiattareggia and 
husband Joe have double trouble 
squared. Pam and Joe welcomed the 
dynamic duo Sam and Matthew in 
June '94 and the fabulous tag team 
Megan and Caitlin in June '97. God 
bless 'em. • Yo, Kevin O'Brien — 
your poem dedicated to your wife 
and soon-to-be baby was touching, 
but you forgot to mention the 
woman's name who "took your 
breath away. "Please write back with 
more info and an update on the 
bambino. • On that note, just FYI: I 
generally wait to print any reports of 
expectant parents until after the stork 
has dropped its precious bundle, so 
please write me back after the baby 
hits the catcher's mitt. • Please note 
my new e-mail address; my apolo- 
gies to anyone who sent an update to 
my old electronic address and did 
not receive a reply — your news w is 
lost in the WWW, but please send it 
again. Thanks and let me know 
what's going on; I need some new 



Cheryl Williams Kalantzakos 
10 Devonshire Place 
Andover, MA 01810 

Susan Stanley Ahn and husband 
Peter will be celebrating their sev- 
enth wedding anniversary this year 
(class mates Lisa I audi n i Williams 
and Julie Meunier drove out to be 
with them on their wedding day). 
Susan and Peter now have two chil- 
dren, Alison, three, and Kevin, 16 
months. Susan works in the public 
relations office of the University of 
Minnesota after spending five years 
in the television business. • Erin 
Finn is an attorney in Los Angeles 
and works in the entertainment field. 
She received her law degree from 
DePaul University in 1992. She is 
getting married this summer in RI 
to Mario Bazan, a computer con- 
sultant with CSC Corp. He is from 
Lima, Peru. • Erin attended the 
wedding of Dessy Legatos and 

Mike Gaeta last year in Long Is- 
land. Also in attendance were: Nicole 
Donnelly, Michelle Lemieux Be- 
gin and Michelle Duddy. • Dessy 
and Mike live in the Tribeca area of 
NYC where Dessy is in-house coun- 
sel for an insurance company and 
Mike, also an attorney, is with the 
FBI. • Nicole Donnelly has her 
master's degree in education and just 
bought a home in St. Augustine, FL. 

• Michelle Lemieux Begin is living 
in Appleton, WI. She and husband 
Mark have four children: Brett, six, 
Marissa, four, Samantha and Drew, 
one. • Heather Tiernan is a pho- 
tographer living in Seattle, WA. • 
Christopher Gassett is assistant 
general counsel at the Timberland 
Company in Stratham, NH, where 
he has worked for the past five years. 
He is living in Portsmouth, NH • 
Blaine Hetrick, Darrell 
Lauterbach and Scott DeCain just 
returned from their annual duck 
hunting trip on the eastern shore. 
Blaine works in institutional sales 
for First Union in Philadelphia and 
lives in Lancaster with his wife Liz 
and son Harrison, one. • Darrell 
currently has a residence in both 
London and Moscow here he works 
in mergers and acquisitions for a 
global telecommunications com- 
pany. • Scott works in Finance/Capi- 
tal Markets for REIT in Arlington 
VA. He married Sandy Caro on 
November 14, and lives in Old Town 
Alexandria, VA. • After five years in 
DC, Ken Scott has moved to Bos- 
ton. He is living in Central Square 
and is working as an environmental 
and social research analyst and assis- 
tant portfolio manager at US Trust 
Company of Boston. • Ginny 
Cunningham married Major Fred 
Van Wicklin (USAF) in May of 1 994. 
Laura Degnan Peterson was a 
bridesmaid, also in attendance were 
Phil Peterson, Carol Ann Quinn, 
Megan O'Neill, Leo Sullivan, and 
Rich and Kristin Sullivan LaRocca. 

• Ginny and Fred welcomed daugh- 
ter Caitlin in June, 1995 and were 
expecting their second child this past 
January. Ginny is a financial staff 
manager for Lucent Technologies 
and they are currently living in 
Bossier City, LA. • After a stint as an 
entrepreneur in Asia, Tomas Simon 
has finally submitted to fate and is 
now attending law school at Rutgers 
Law School in Camden, NJ. • Chris- 
topher Jacobs, who will complete 
law school this semester, has suc- 
ceeded in establishing the BISON 
Fund. This fund provides parochial 
and private school scholarships to 
low-income Buffalo elementary 
school students. • Bill and Lisa 
Caligiuri Priemer welcomed 

daughter Campbell Ann into the 
world in August. Bill is head of mar- 
keting for Hyland Computer in 
Cleveland. Lisa, who was teaching 
grade school, is now a stay-at-home 
mom. • Dan Koerwer and wife 
Kathy recently moved back to Bos- 
ton after a couple years in Dallas. 
They welcomed daughter Rebecca 
this past summer. Their son, 
Hayden, is two. • Steve and Lisa 
Szawlowski Leon are living in New- 
ton. Steve is chief resident at Brigham 
and Women's Hospital and is work- 
ing toward becoming a neurosur- 
geon. • Mark Langone and wife 
Kim recently purchased their first 
home in Plymouth. Mark is working 
for the FDIC. • Gail Marrs 
Morrison and her husband Jeff re- 
cently welcomed their second son, 
Pete, in the Fall of 1997. Their old- 
est son, Jack is now three. • Mike 
Morrison is director of East Coast 
Series Development for NBC. • Bob 
Higgins is now VP of creative af- 
fairs at Columbia TriStar TV focus- 
ing on development of kids and 
animation series (he says to keep an 
eye out for Dilbert on UPN). • Bob 
married Michelle Koerwer in Oc- 
tober 1997 and they live in Culver 
City, CA. Michelle is Dan's younger 
sister, they met at his wedding five 
years ago. • Joann Rude is currently 
a print production manager for 
Victoria's Secret Catalogue in NYC. 
She recently ran in the New York 
City Marathon and finished in un- 
der five hours. • Laura Brinkley 
and Joseph Loftus were married in 
August, 1995. Laura is an elemen- 
tary counselor in Stoughton and Joe 
is the manager of research and stew- 
ardship at WGBH. They just pur- 
chased a new home last spring in 


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Natick. • Dave Aldieri and wife 
Kristen have a beautiful seven month 
old daughter, Rachel. 'Julie Dudley 
recendy became engaged to Dennis 
McCarthy, their wedding is planned 
for September 25, 1999. Julie is in 
sales for Compaq Computer Corp. • 
Beth Painter Hill and husband Pe- 
ter have two little girls, Sarah, four 
and Jennifer, two. They live in 
Westport, CT. • After working at 
Children's Hospital in Bone Mar- 
row Transplants and then at Boston 
Eye Surgery & Laser Center as a 
pre-op and recovery room nurse, 
Mary Williams Seifel attended 
UMass/Amherst Nurse Practitioner 
program. Mary is now a certified 
family nurse practitioner working in 
Sturbridge. She married Scott Seifel 
last year. • Special congratulations 
to Kathy Evans Montesi and hus- 
band Mike who welcomed their first 
child, daughter Rachel Elizabeth, 
into the world in October. They 
currently live in Glastonbury, CT. 


Kara Corso Nelson 
2100 Dover Court 
Windsor, CT 06095 
(860) 647-9200 

Once again, please note my new ad- 
dress and telephone number; my e- 
mail address has remained the same. 
I have attempted to be very consci- 
entious about the completeness of 
my submission this quarter, but if 
due to my recent move, you find that 
the news you sent me (before my 
March 1st deadline) does not appear 
here, my sincerest apologies and 
please send it to me again. • Jean 
Graham has a new job heading up 
media relations for Abt Associates, 
an international research consulting 
firm headquartered in Cambridge. 
Jean can be reached at jgraham90@ • Christine Bougie pur- 
chased a condo in Portland, ME, last 
July. She works in Westbrook, ME, 
doing software support in the credit 
union industry. Her e-mail address • GregMon- 
tana and his wife Karen have a new 
daughter, Katherine Barbara Mon- 
tana. Katie was born on October 7, 
and weighed seven lbs. , five ozs. They 
are now living in the Buckhead sec- 
tion of Atlanta — a move they made 
in May after Greg received his MBA 
from the Wharton School of the 
University of Pennsylvania. Karen 
is a VP with NationsBank and Greg 
is a senior consultant with Deloitte 
Consulting. Greg and Karen love 

Atlanta and have kept up the BC 
spirit by watching BC beat Georgia 
Tech last fall and getting together 
with Noelle Francelle (fellow BC 
'90 Eagle) who also lives in Atlanta. 
• Andrea DelGaudio Weiss com- 
pleted her Ph.D. at the University of 
Pennsylvania in clinical child psy- 
chology in 1997. She now works at 
the University of Medicine and Den- 
tistry of NJ doing clinical research 
and therapy with sexually-abused 
children. In October, 1994 Andrea 
married Richard Victor Weiss, also 
a psychologist, and they currently 
live in Philadelphia. • Annie 
O'Connor and her husband Lloyd 
Chapin proudly announce the birth 
of their first child, Connor Williams 
Chapin. Connor was born on Sep- 
tember 27, and weighed in at nine 
lbs., one oz., and was 21 1/4 inches 
long. He is growing quickly and con- 
tinues to amaze his parents each 
week! Annie is enjoying a six-month 
maternity leave and plans to return 
part-time to Andersen Consulting 
after her leave. Annie, Lloyd and 
Connor still live in NYC. • Chris- 
tine Conry Flynn and Kevin Flynn 
welcomed their first son, Brendan 
Patrick into this world on Decem- 
ber 20. All three are enjoying their 
new status as a family. The Flynns 
live in Foxboro. • Missy Campbell 
Reid and husband Scott bought their 
first home in Bradford, and are en- 
joying the trials and tribulations of 
homeownership! • Rita Rodin has 
also relocated, though just within 
Manhattan; she now lives on the 
Upper West Side. 'Michael and 
Kara O'Brien O'Shaughnessy wel- 
comed their second child, Ava 
Kathryn in October. Brother Luke 
Michael was two in October. • Kara 
lives in Sea Girt, NJ and visits fre- 
quently with Carolyn Casamassima 
Pepe. She and Dr. Matt Pepe had a 
boy, Matthew Thomas, in April. 
They are currently living in PA where 
Matt is finishing up his residency in 
orthopedic surgery at The Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania. • Andrea 
Debald Smith and Hugh Smith had 
a girl, Kelsey Lynn in April. They 
have also made the trip to the Jersey 
Shore. • Sharon Rodrigues King 
and Greg King also had a son, Trevor 
Jay in March. • Dawn Wall Silvestri 
and Keith Silvestri had a girl, Paige 
Elizabeth in July. All of the girls 
hope to get together this spring. • 
Matt Sternat and his wife Babette 
recendy welcomed Hope Kathyrn 
and Emily Jeanne (identical twins) 
into the world on January 21, 1999. 
They join their two-and-a-half-year- 
old big brother, Noah who thinks 
they are funny!! Matt completed his 
MBA at UConn in 1996 and cur- 

rently works for The Hartford as a 
senior research analyst. The Sternat 
Party of Five live in West Hartford, 
CT. Matt's e-mail address is or matt.sternat® • Dave Dawson 
and Melanie Morse Dawson had 
their third son on January 14th. 
Patrick Ryan, nine lbs., 1 1 ozs., joins 
older brothers Andrew Regan, three 
and Brendan Robert, two. Melanie 
has taken a leave of absence from 
teaching to stay home with the boys, 
and runs a home daycare business in 
Marlborough, CT. 


Christine Bodoin 
g Spring Street 
Everett, MA 02149 


Paul L Cantello 

200 Christopher Columbus Dr. # C-8 

Jersey City, N) 07302 

Last August, Jim Spotila received 
his Ph.D. in geology from the Cali- 
fornia Institute of Technology. In 
October he began as an assistant 
professor of geology at Virginia 
Tech. Jim is conducting research in 
active tectonics. You can e-mail Jim 'Tina Ting Sroat 
is married to Bennett Madsen Sroat. 
Tina is a second year MBA student 
at the Anderson School at UCLA. 
She has accepted a job at the Gap, 
Inc. in strategy. • Kevin McLaughlin 
married Laura Kintz in St. Louis in 
August 1996. Among the wedding 
party and guests were BC grads Scott 
Murphy, Tom Renda, and Lisa 
Mullaney. Kevin graduated from 
the University of Missouri School of 
Law in 1995 and practices labor and 
employment law in St. Louis. • Kris 
Hager is the director of marketing 
for 92 KSJO, 98.5 KFOX and the 
new Channel 104.9 in the San Fran- 
cisco Bay area. • Bob Bradbury 
married Jennifer Gilmore on Au- 
gust 22 on Cape Cod. It was a beau- 
tiful day and the wedding was a blast. 
They married at St. Francis Xavier 
in Hyannis and the reception was 
held at beautiful Willowbend Coun- 
try Club in Mashpee. Twenty-one 
members of the class of 1992 and 
two generations of BC were repre- 
sented (I'm sorry I can't list them all 
here). Mark Radzik, Jerry Varnum, 
Seth Kerby, Karrie Lyons, Staci 
Stimpson Linsay and Rob Abbanat 

were all in the wedding party. Jenni- 
fer volunteered for the JVC pro- 
gram in MN for a year. She is now a 
staff nurse in the Post-Anesthesia 
Care Unit at Children's Hospital in 
Boston. Bob received hisMBA from 
Babson and is a project manager for 
Shared Medical Systems Corp. • 
Robert Donaruma was sworn in as 
a Boston Police Officer on October 
21, 1997. He graduated from the 
Boston Police Academy after seven 
months of intense academic and 
physical training. Robert, who is now 
living in South Boston, has been 
assigned to duty in Jamaica Plain. • 
Dave Mingey left NYC where he 
worked for Sports Illustrated, to ac- 
cept a position at Nike in Portland, 
Oregon. • Jennifer Joy Schlezinger 
completed her Ph.D. in Biological 
Oceanography in the Joint Program 
of M.I.T. and the Woods Hole 
Oceanographic Institution. Her hus- 
band David is a graduate of BU and 
they were married three years ago 
on Cape Cod. They are planning to 
continue living in East Falmouth 
where they own a home until David 
completes his Ph.D. Jennifer has 
taken a postdoctoral position in an 
Immunotoxicology laboratory at the 
BU Medical School. • Christine 
Sloan is teaching high school in Boca 
Raton, FL. You can e-mail her at • Erika McNeil 
and her husband Kenneth live in 
CT. Erika is attending Southern 
Connecticut State University to ob- 
tain her MLS. Their son Colin An- 
drew is two years old. • Michelle 
Villiotte and Mark Walker were 
married at the Chapel at Newton 
Campus on August 1. John Doran, 
Chris Gildea and Jim Cramer were 
ushers. There were many BC alumni 
there, Michelle is the 1 3 th person in 
her family to graduate from BC. 
Other class of '92 guests included 
Lei Anna Young, Jim and Hillary 
Singer, John Battaglia, Matt 
MeGovern, Katie Boulos and 
Dwight Shirley. Mark and Michelle 
currendy live in Carmel, EN. 


Cina Suppelsa Story 
83 Main Street, #6 
Charlestown, MA 02129 

Hi Friends! I want to start my first 
note by thanking Alison Pothier 
for all the hard work she has done 
over the past five years keeping us 
updated on all the happenings of our 
fellow classmates. You did a great 
job. I hope I can carry the ball as 




Have you recently moved, 
changed jobs or gotten married? 
Call us to update your record 
so we can keep you up-to-date 
on friends, classmates and BC 
happenings. You can call {617) 
552-3440 to change your record 
by phone, fax (617) 552-0077, 
e-mail, or drop 
a postcard to Boston College 
Information Services, More Hall 
220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 

well. As new class correspondent, 
Alison has passed along the most 
recent news to be printed up. Please 
send updates my way, can't wait to 
hear from you. • To start with en- 
gagements, and weddings: Alison 
Pothier got engaged this past De- 
cember to Julian Woods. Their wed- 
ding is planned for Sept. '99 in 
Scodand. Their rehearsal dinner will 
be in full Scottish attire. Sounds like 
fun! Alison was also recendy pro- 
moted to VP at J. P. Morgan based in 
London. • Heather Ryan and Dr. 
Allessandro Girolamo Jr. '92 were 
married this past September at die 
Omni Parker House Hotel in Bos- 
ton. Members of the bridal party 
included quite the BC contingency: 
Marco and Maria Pace, Drs. Jim 
and Lesley Mugford, Jane Carletta 
'92, Lisa Girolamo '95, Bill Ryan 
'00, Kirsti and Tim Pecci; best man 
was Jon Remshak and maid of honor 
was Tara Ryan '97. • Heather is a 
mutual fund attorney with the law 
firm Rogers & Wells LLP in NYC. 
Allessandro is in his second-year resi- 
dency at New York Hospital/Cornell 
Med. Center. • Laura Ann Walls 
was married this past June to Tho- 
mas Connolly in Ossining, NY. 
Laura is an associate at Rosenmann 
Colin, a NY law firm. Thomas is a 
VP in bond syndication at Goldman, 
Sachs & Comp. • Christopher 
Bogie married Tanya Claroini in 
August of 1997 in Virginia Beach. 
They reside in Maryland. Chris is 
currendy a Navy lieutenant working 
as comptroller of a Naval Squadron 
and is working on his MBA. • Sean 
Cambell married Libby Porter in 
June. He is working for Toyota as a 
customer relations analyst. Libby 
works at McLean Hospital in 
Belmont. • Christopher Woods 
married Jill Janklow in October, in 

South Salem, NY. Chris is working 
as a film buyer for Sony's Loews 
Cineplex Entertainment. He is also 
pursuing his MBA at NYU's Stern 
School of Business. • Teri 
Minervini has been happily married 
since '97 to Christopher Ricci. • 
Mike Nurzia is engaged to Lisa 
Pomeranz of Winnetka, IL. They 
plan to marry in the spring of 2000. 
Mike is graduating from Mt. Sinai 
School of Medicine in May of the 
year and will be starting his resi- 
dency in urology in July. • Follow- 
ing her marriage to Nick Chermayeff 
in '97, Andrea Haberland gave birth 
to a baby girl named Tatiana. • 
Eileen Ronayne Peters and hus- 
band Chris had a baby girl named 
Eleanora Mary in August. • Blane 
and Claudia Walters recently had a 
baby girl named Karina Nicole. 
Blane was also recently named presi- 
dent and chief operating officer of 
Ohio-based Gerbig, Snell/Weis- 
heimer & Assoc, Inc. • Other news 
around the world, Caren Jordan is 
a doctoral candidate in clinical psy- 
chology at the University of Florida 
in Gainesville. • Navy Lt. Lauren 
Jones recently completed a multi- 
national exercise in the Mediterra- 
nean and Baltic Sea aboard the 
hospital ship USNS Comfort, home 
ported in Baltimore. She was one of 
700 active duty and reserve naval 
personnel who participated in the 
Baltic Challenge. • Sherry Mayo is 
living in the East Village of NYC. 
She is currently the Director of 
Operations for the Computer Art, 
BFA program at the School of Vi- 
sual Arts. She just completed her 
first solo exhibition at HERE Gal- 
lery in Soho and her first publica- 
tion, "NXT space, visualization of 
an experimental cyberarts lab." • 
Pablo Carrington started a public 
relations firm, Eligo International, 
in Paris last year. They focus on 
communications strategies for gov- 
ernments and corporations. • Kelly 
Kane continues to work for Teach 
for America in Los Angeles. • Mike 
Lord received his master's in Stu- 
dent Affairs Administration from 
Michigan State. Currently Mike is 
working as resident dean at Land- 
mark College in Vermont. Land- 
mark is a college specifically for 
students with learning disabilities. • 
Donna Doucette recently received 
her M.Ed, summa cum laude from 
Salem State College and is now work- 
ing for Jobs for Bay State Graduates 
in Lynn. • Take care! 



24 . 1 9 9 9 

AlyceT. Hatem 
77 Forest Street 
Methuen, MA 01844 

I'm over my word limit!! So here 
goes. • Ann Brissette recalls the 
days from mod 23B. • These girls 
are all married! Ann Brissette, Sh- 
annon Doyle, and Michelle 
Treaslip were married in 1998 • 
Nicole DiSpena, Christina 
Scarlata, and Lisa DeNatale were 
married in 1997. • Beth Hager 
graduated with a Master of Physical 
Therapy from University of Dela- 
ware in August. She married Keith 
Rolph on November 7. Betsy Dasto, 
Sarah Ankner, Julie Farrell, and 
Amy Iovieno were in attendance. • 
Scott Weber was married to Kristen 
Bassos in June. The ceremony, com- 
plete with a military sword arch, was 
held in Fairfield, CT. Kristen's fa- 
ther David Egan, SJ performed the 
ceremony. • Attendants from the 
class of '94 included Christopher 
Lee, Heather Wakefield Mehra and 
Vivek Mehra. • Scott is currently a 
Lieutenant junior grad in the US 
Navy flying the S-3B Viking. The 
couple is residing in San Diego, CA. 

• Kerry Shields has taken a year 
sabbatical from the Pediatric Inten- 
sive Care Unit in Children's Hospi- 
tal, Philadelphia. Her travels take 
her all over the world. She is inter- 
ested in hearing from BC or Phila- 
delphia Eagle fans. Her e-mail 
address is 

• Eric Tennessen works for Hewitt 
Associates in Lincolnshire, IL. • 
Amy Lutz is working toward her 
Ph.D. in sociology at die University 
at Albany. In January, Amy traveled 
to Egypt to visit a friend. • David 
Colleran graduated from BC Law 
in May and is working at the Law 
firm of Choate, Hall, and Stewart in 
Boston. He is engaged to Rose 
Patterson and is planning an August 
wedding. • Karen Lim received her 
master's in August and is working 
towards her Ph.D. in child-clinical 
psychology. • Nicole Sergent is an 
attorney barred in Pennsylvania and 
New Jersey. Nicole lives in PA and is 
working for the firm Zarwin, Baum, 
DeVite, Kaplan, and ODonnell, PC 
in Philadelphia. • Jason Statuta, 
relocated to Upstate, NY, for a job 
at Putnum Investments. He recendy 
got engaged and is planning an Au- 
gust wedding down at Cape Cod. • 
Mary T. Kenny-Carey was mar- 
ried to Gil Carey in May. She re- 
ceived her MS in Speech-Language 
Pathology from BU in September. 

The couple has relocated to Albany, 
NY, where Gil is in law school and 
Mary is working as a speech thera- 
pist in a preschool. •JeffPelletieris 
in the Navy stationed in Keflauik, 
Iceland working in the intelligence 
department of the Fleet Air Com- 
mand. Jeffs term in the Navy will be 
completed in August and he hopes 
to return to the states to find work. 
He ran his first marathon and wishes 
to be back in Boston next year to 
run. • Erin O'Hanlon married 
Gerald Sullivan on June 20. Erin is 
an attorney in NYC and Gerald is a 
recruiter for a temp agency in NYC. 

• Gerald was the best man in Ben 
Chen and Suzy Blow's wedding. • 
Gene Signorini was also an usher. 
He married Jen Lein in October 
1997. • Siobhan Sullivan and John 
Steiner are getting married in June. 

• Erin will be a bridesmaid. • 
Candice Espinosa is planning an 
October 1999 wedding in Miami. • 
Christine Martinez is completing 
her law degree at Seton Hall. Her 
graduation date is June 1 999. • Amy 
Eitzgibbon-Coombs was married 
to Jim Coombs in May 1997 and is 
residing in Marstons Mills. • 
Phuong Bui was a bridesmaid and 
Lisa Hadeed flew from Trinidad to 
attend. • Jennifer Bay is currendy 
living in Hong Kong, working in 
Chase Manhattan Bank. She is plan- 
ning a June wedding in Maine. • 
Dan Prather is studying at the Max- 
well School of Citizenship and Pub- 
lic Affairs in Syracuse, NY, 
completing his master's in public 
administration in July 1999. • 
Cathleen Coyle recendy engaged 
and is planning a June 1999 wed- 
ding. • Sarah Cuhrmias married 
Lee Umphred on July 1 1 after seven 
years! • Christi Stokes moved to 
Dallas, TX, six months after gradu- 
ation. She is working with American 
Express Financial Advisors. Christi 
is the Treasurer of the BC Alumni 
Club of Dallas and is having a great 
time reorganizing BC activities. • 
Gail Wells is living in Minneapolis 
and working for a computer con- 
sulting firm in human resources. • 
Lauren Dewey is living in 
Manhattan's Upper West Side work- 
ing for AVP, SportsMarketingMan- 
ager at Prudential Securities. She 
travels around North and South 
America for Professional tennis and 
golf tournaments. • Nancy Salerno 
Hallock is teaching fourth grade in 
Sayville, NY, and completing her 
master's in reading from Long Is- 
land University. • Robert Cavallo 
graduated from Albany Law School 
in May 1997 and is working as an 
assistant district attorney in Nassau 
County, Long Island, NY. • Jenni- 


fer Sullivan started a new job in 
September as a research associate at 
the Tellus Institute, a non-profit 
environmental policy research insti- 
tute in Boston. • Shannon McDevitt 
moved to Charleston, SC, where she 
is pursuing a master's in teaching at 
the College of Charleston. • Sabina 
Murphy was married to Stephen 
01enchockonJune6. Sabina gradu- 
ated from Johns Hopkins with a 
master's in public health. Se is work- 
ing as a statistician for clinical trials 
research at Allegheny General Hos- 
pital in Pittsburgh, PA. • Donatina 
Whitford was a bridesmaid. She 
teaches special education students at 
the Lourie Center in Rockville, MD. 
Donatina also graduated from Johns 
Hopkins with her master's in special 
education. • HilaryGauvinis work- 
ing at Mintz & Hoke as a public 
relations account coordinator. Hi- 
lary received her MBA from Uni- 
versity of Connecticut in December. 


Megan Gurda 

251 Skyline Lakes Drive 

Ringwood, N] 07456 

(973) 839-3975 

Hats off to Cheryl Fortier who is 

dedicating her work day to the 
United Way of Massachusetts Bay. 
From September to December 
Cheryl has been making phone calls, 
giving presentations, and managing 
fund raising accounts all in an effort 
to improve the lives of children. 
What an altruistic endeavor! • 
Michelle Rosenberg recently 
joined the Boston Law Firm of 
Nutter, McClennen, and Fish, LLP 
as an associate in the firm's Intellec- 
tual Property Law Practice. She pro- 
vides a wide range of legal services 
related to the acquisition, mainte- 
nance and enforcement of intellec- 
tual property rights. • Joseph 
Gibson graduated from St. Thomas 
Law School, where he was executive 
editor of the Law Review, inducted 
in the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor 
Fraternity and the Valedictorian of 
his class. Joe has been published in 
the Florida Bar Quarterly for a pa- 
per he wrote on the status of Seces- 
sion in International Law. Presently, 
he is an associate with Zack 
Kosnitzky, P.A., one of the preemi- 
nent firms in Miami, and a member 
of the Litigation Department where 
he handles complex commercial liti- 
gation. Joe is getting married on 
April 9, 1999 to Kelly A. Lynch. 
Congratulations Kelly and Joe! He 

can be reached at generalrlee© • Michelle Douglas 
Kreiser has joined the Dallas office 
of the international law firm of 
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. As an 
associate she will focus her practice 
on litigation matters. Michelle 
graduated summa cum laude, in '98, 
from Creighton University, where 
she was an associate editor of the 
Creighton Law Review and a direc- 
tor of the moot court. • Michelle 
Missan has gotten engaged to Al 
Filosa. They will be getting married 
in October of 1999. • Mia Palazzo 
was engaged to 1st Lt. Timothy 
Greene, '95 graduate of the United 
States Military Academy on Febru- 
ary 1 4. Paris, France was the scene of 
the occasion! A May 1999 wedding 
is planned. Tim is die son of Bette 
(Michalski) Greene, BCSON '65. • 
Congratulations to all the happy 
couples! • I am happy to announce 
that I am also engaged! My fiance, 
Daniel Tran, and I are planning to 
wed in 2000. • Please keep all die 
updates coming. • I am finishing up 
graduate school so my e-mail address 
will be changing. Please send all e- 
mail to 


Kristina D. Gustafson 

Cambridge Court #25 

West 206 - 8th Ave. 

Spokane, WA 99204 

(509) 624-7302 


Sabrina M. Bracco 
428 Golf Course Drive 
Leonia, Nj 07605 

By the time you read this summer 
time will be just around the corner. 
Many of you along the coastlines 
will be reliving mod life in rented 
beach houses with too few beds and 
more than enough beverages. Oth- 
ers will be fleeing their offices in the 
hopes of catching a few extra hours 
of sun and maybe a quick hike in the 
nearby park. No matter what you're 
doing at this moment (besides read- 
ing, of course) know that there are a 
few old friends thinking of you and 
wishing they could be with you. In 
the meantime, let me tell you about 
what a few of those friends are up to 
• Carolyn Cloutier and Daniel 
Brace were married on Aug. 1, in 
Trinity Chapel. Class of 97ers in the 

bridal party were Karla Jamaitis, 
Kerry Fahey, Stephanie Coyle, 
Molly Polansky, Rich Corner, Keith 
Duffy, and Jesse Petersen. There 
were also many other classmates in 
attendance. Dan is a lieutenant in 
the army and Carolyn is working in 
a DODDS elementary school in 
Vilseck, Germany. • The women of 
mod 36B have also been busy with 
another marriage taking place last 
summer. Camille Thompson mar- 
ried Nate Johnson last summer in 
Salt Lake City, Utah. Pia Ricci and 
Brigid Tobin were bridesmaids and 
Jeff Chamberlain was one of the 
groomsmen. Nate is working to- 
wards his master's in theology at BC 
and Camille is working as a paralegal 
for a firm in Waltham where they 
live. • Jeff was home from Poland 
where he had spent the last year 
teaching and studying. He has since 
gone back. 'Jean Luciano is living 
in Weehawken, NJ, and working at 
AT&T as an account manager. • 
Melissa McCulley is attending the 
Southern School of Optometry in 
Memphis, TN. • Jacquelyn Wilcox 
is studying law at the University of 
Texas, Austin. • As for Brigid, she is 
in her second year working for GE 
in the Financial Management Pro- 
gram and is currendy located in 
Dublin, Ireland!! Since graduating, 
she has lived in Pittsfield, as well as 
Morgantown, WV. • Despite their 
busy schedules the girls have all met 
up several times for reunions in Bos- 
ton (BC of course), NYC and Mem- 
phis. • Brigid was also able to meet 
up with Allyson (Ah) Russo several 
times in Boston. She is in her second 
year of law school at the University 
of Michigan. • Tracie Laurinaitis 
is in her second year of Peace Corps 
service in Kazakhstan where she en- 
joys teaching English as a second 
language to high school students and 
the challenge of learning Russian 
and Kazakh! After being there for 19 
months she definitely appreciates the 
comforts of home, and misses every- 
one like crazy! She should be back in 
the Boston/NY area in July and af- 
terwards may return to Kazakhstan 
for more adventure or remain in the 
states and do who knows what with 
friends from BC. She sends a big 
hello to everyone, and hopes all is 
well back in the good ol' US of A. • 
Back in the states, Charlie Wang 
has accepted a new position as a 
securities offering specialist with the 
law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore 
in NYC. • Old roommates Meg 
Kerrigan, Stephanie Millette, and 
Christina Carey have all under- 
gone career changes over the past 
year. Meg is currendy working as a 
head hunter for Campbell Associ- 

ates in Boston, Stephanie took a po- 
sition in marketing at I-Cubed, also 
in Boston, and Christina is working 
in advertisingat I5BDO in New York. 

• Danielle Mercurio is working as 
a paralegal for a law firm in Boston. 

• Sonia Vazquez is attending 
Temple University, where she is 
studying to receive her master's. • 
Her sister Tania M. Vazquez will 
be back from the Peace Corps (Ro- 
mania) in July. Tania's boyfriend 
Mark M. Manthy, will also be done 
with his Peace Corps experience in 
Kazakhstan. • Francesca Van- 
kradenburgh will be w-ed on June 
18th on a cruise to the Bahamas. • 

Julianna Pires and Rizwan Jamal 
will be wed on July 4th in New 
Bedford. Yasmin Nunez and Edwin 
Madera are some of the members of 
the wedding party. • Michelle Terry 
is currently living in Maryland. • 
Former basketball player, Toya 
SquairishvinginPittsburgh. »Great 
to hear from all of you! 


Mistie Psaledas 

7900 B Stenton Ave. #203 

Philadelphia, PA 19118 

Greetings, Class of 1998! Can you 
believe it has been a year since we 
graduated? I hope this past year finds 
everyone happy and well. For an 
easier way to get your updates into 
the Alumnotes Magazine, you can 
e-mail the Alumni House at Remem- 
ber that the magazine's deadlines 
are three months before the issue 
comes out, so if you want your up- 
dates to appear in the December 
magazine, we need your info by Sep- 
tember 1st. • There have been three 
recent engagements in the Class of 
'98! Mary Kenda and Joe Allen 
were engaged in December and plan 
to be married in the spring of 2000. 
• Jennifer Kelly and Matthew 
McGonagle will be married this 
month (June) and • Peggy Turner 
and Mike King also got engaged. 
Congratulations! If there are any 
more engagements out there, please 
let us know! • Amy Spiegel is living 
in Brookline and Shannon Thoke 
is in Cambridge. • Colleen 
McGuire is working for Anderson 
Consulting in Boston, and Ben 
Andrews, formerly living in Min- 
neapolis, MN, is staffed on a City of 
Boston project for Anderson and has 
been living in Beantown since mid- 
February. • Living in Bronxville, 
NY, Kathryn Langstine is teaching 
English at Loyola High School in 



Manhattan and beginning grad 
school atFordham University. • Eric 
Rucinski moved to Alaska after dis- 
liking the corporate life of NYC. He 
is currently a hunting expedition 
leader out of Fairbanks bringing 
customers on polar bear hunts and 
white water rafting trips down the 
Yukon River. • Brian O'Brien is 
leading his dream life as part of the 
Alliance for Catholic Education 
(ACE) Program at Notre Dame. He 
is teaching sophomore religion at 
Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, 
OK while getting a master's in edu- 
cation. • Living in the DC area are 
Holly Canevari, Gina McCreadie, 
and Brian Bedinghaus. • Holly, 
after working for the Democratic 
candidates in CT this past campaign 
cycle, now works with Congressman 
John Larson from CT. • Gina is 
employed at the Department of Jus- 
tice in DC and Brian is working for 
Itech Consulting Company in Mary- 
land. • Jessica Downey is currently a 
first year student at Tulane Univer- 
sity Law School and plans to return 
to Boston this summer to work at 
one of the larger law firms. • Diana 
de la Torriente is in her hometown 
of Miami working as a media buyer 
for Young & Rubicam at their Latin- 
American headquarters. Last sum- 
mer, Diana and Ali Schrader spent 
time together in Paris. • Matthew 
Norman, who is working for Ander- 
son Consulting, will have the oppor- 
tunity to spend five weeks in London 
and Ireland this summer working 
for Anderson. • Paul Connelly is 
attending Dental School in Phila- 
delphia, and Anthony Gabrielle 
moved back to Philly in February 
after living in California — only miles 
away from me. • 
collegepark/73 18, a site designed by 
Shannon Thoke where classmates 
can register and post biographical 
information and e-mail addresses. • 
I was transferred with General Mills 
to Philly in January . Please send all 
your information to my new address 
listed above. And please write to the 
Class of '98 — we all want to know 
how you are doing! Have a great 


jane T. Crimlisk '74 

416 Belgrade Ave. Apt. 25 

W. Roxbury, MA 02132 

Sr. Virginia O'Connell '62 won 

the "LePuy" lottery for the Sisters 
of St. Joseph in honor of their 125th 
Anniversary in Boston. In June, Sis- 
ter will be traveling to France to visit 
the C.S J . roots in LePuy Lyon, Paris 

and also Italy for two weeks in June. 
Sister has also been elected to the 
Women of Excellence and will be 
honored on April 1 1th. • I received 
a beautiful Christmas letter from 
Kathie Cantwell McCarthy '75 as 
well as picture of her family. Kathy 
and Bill '74 have two children, Tom, 
19 and Sheila, 17. • Tom just fin- 
ished the first semester of sopho- 
more year at BC. He loves it and has 
done well with his studies and has 
met many wonderful friends. Tom 
finished and passed his EMT classes 
and took the state exam. Congratu- 
lations, Tom. • Sheila has been ac- 
cepted into the National Honor 
Society, earning first honors and has 
been recognized and honored in the 
national directory of Who's Who in 
American High School Students. Sheila 
is involved in Marian High School's 
competitive cheerleading as well as 
Christian Outreach and CYO • 
Kathie, you and Bill deserve a lot of 
credit as parents of these two fine 
young adults. • Rev. Brian Smail, 
O.F.M. '89 of Stoneham completed 
a year of formation doing a "pastoral 
internship" at St. Anthony Shrine 
and is currently at Washington 
Theological Union doing his last 
year of studies for a Master of Divin- 
ity degree. On January 9, Brian was 
ordained to the Diaconate in Wash- 
ington and on May 15, 1999, he will 
be ordained to the priesthood in 
NYC. He still misses the days of 
going to school at BC but is very 
happy with the life chosen, as God 
has blessed him richly. • It was won- 
derful hearing from you Brian as I 
have a strong affinity for the 
Franciscans as they have nourished 
me spiritually at St. Anthony's 


Dean Michael A. Smyer 
McCuinn Hall 221A 
Boston College 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
(617) 552-3265 

Steve Amato PhD '97 Biology, is 
doing postdoctoral work as Applica- 
tions Scientist at Visible Genetics, 
Inc. • Eduardo Andere PhD '92 
Political Science, is dir., US-Mexico 
Fulbright Commission • Robert 
Bartlett PhD '92, reappointed ass't 
prof., Rhodes College, Memphis • 
Christopher L. Boucher MA '93, 
PhD UMass, Illinois Wesleyan Uni- 
versity faculty •John Brigande PhD 
'97 Biology, is a postdoctoral Fel- 
low, Univ. of Texas • Eric Buzzetti 
PhD '98, is a postdoctoral Fellow, 
BC, CEJEP, St. Foy (Quebec) • Paul 

Carrese Ph.D. '98 is an ass't prof., 
Air Force Academy • Louise Chang 
Ph.D. '96 Biology, has a postdoctoral 
position at Vanderbilt Univ. School 
of Medicine • Susan Collins PhD 
'93 is a program officer for Liberty 
Fund • Maurice Cunningham PhD 
'98 is a Senior Fellow at Maurice 
Donahue Institute, UMass/Boston 
• Matthew Davis Ph.D. '95 is a 
tutor at St. John's College • Jay 
Feldman PhD '97 Psychology, Res. 
Assoc, Technical Educational Re- 
search Center • John Fortier, ABD, 
director of research project, Ameri- 
can Enterprise Institute • Howard 
Frank '94, General Engineering • 
Michael Friedland Ph.D. '93 His- 
tory, authored Lift Up Your Voice 
Like a Tiimipet: White Clergy and the 
Civil Rights Antiwar Movement, 
1954-1913 (University of North 
Carolina Press, 1998) • Geoffrey 
postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard 
Medical School • Lilly Goren ABD, 
doctoral Fellow Kenyon College • 
Jacqueline Heard Ph.D. '96 Biol- 
ogy, postdoctoral Fellowship, 
Harvard Univ. Medical School & 
Mass. General Hospital • Marvin 
Hecht Ph.D. '95 Psychology, ass't 
prof., Louisiana College • 
Xiaoqiang Hu Ph.D. '94 Econom- 
ics, published, Journal of Int'l Money 
of Finance, Vol. 16, No. 5, 1997 & 
faculty, Claremont McKenna Col- 
lege • Constance Hunt Ph.D. '96, 
Director of Institutional Planning, 
James Madison College, Michigan 
State Univ. • Jo Ellen Jacobs MA 
'75, edited The Complete Works of 
Harriet Taylor Mill, released 
9/98 • Patricia Jacobs Ph.D. '96, 
chief public policy analyst, New 
England Legal and Regulatory Af- 
fairs, AT&T • Xao Tao Jin Ph.D. 
'96 Biology, postdoctoral Fellow- 
ship, Yale Univ. School of Medi- 
cine. • Children declared Southeast 
School Principal Kirk D. Johnson 
'83, king for the day • Peter Jo- 
sephson '98, postdoctoral Fellow, 
BC • Lorna Knott Ph.D. '98, visit- 
ing ass't prof., Kenyon College • 
Despina Korovessis ABD, reap- 
pointed Instructor, Holy Cross Col- 
lege • Fengrui Lang Ph.D. '96 
Chemistry, senior res. scientist, 
R&D, Merck • Ronald Lee '98, 
postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State 
University • Richard Libby Ph.D. 
'97 Biology, postdoctoral Fellow- 
ship, Univ. of Nottingham • Gail 
Martino Ph.D. '96 Psychology, 
postdoctoral Fellow, Yale Medical 
School • Thomas E. Moore '83, 
app't. board of trustees, MGH Inst, 
of Health Professionals • Jonathan 
Mills Ph.D. '94, technical writer, 
published Monograph, Regent Col- 

lege Publications 1998 • Bob Mor- 
ris Ph.D. '87 Chemistry, promoted, 
Hascom Field • Martha Moriarty 
Ph.D. '93, coordinator, New Hamp- 
shire College 2+2 Program • Alison 
MulkaMA'97 political science, res. 
coordinator, Godbe Research & 
Analysis • Tri-Hung Nguyen Ph.D. 
'97 Biology, postdoctoral work, Yale 
Univ. School of Medicine • Janet 
Ostro Ph.D. '95, adj. ass't prof, 
Bentley College and Fisher College 
• Kathleen Paul Ph.D. '92 History, 
authored Whitewashing Britain 
(Cornell Univ. Press, 1997) • 
Michael E. Quigley Ph.D. '83, 
prof., organizational leadership and 
ethics, Brevard College • Eileen 
Richardson-Rounds Ph.D. '97, 
postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard 
Univ., Biological Labs • Mark 
Schneider Ph.D. '95 History, 
authored Boston Confronts Jim Crow, 
1890-1920 (Northeastern Univ. 
Press, 1997) • DevinStaufferPh.D. 
'97, tutor, St. John's College • 
Debbie Tanguay Ph.D. '97 Biol- 
ogy, postdoctoral studies, BU Medi- 
cal School • Dr. G. Christopher 
Vezoli MA '66, rec'd mentor-of- 
year award, MA State Science Fair, 
new paper on magnetochemistry; he, 
with Fellow alumnus Dr. William 
Stanley, founded the Institute for 
Basic Sciences • Francis Xavier, 
SJ., Ph.D. '92 Physics, Prof., Aca- 
demics VP, Founder of Institute of 
Frontier Energy, Loyola College • 
Zhongmin Xu Ph.D. '97 Chemis- 
try, Res. Scientist, Bristol-Myers 
Squibb Res. Inst. 


Grace Bergdahl McNamara 
Campion Hall 126 
Boston College 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
(617) 552-4233 

It's great to hear from you. Send 
news; include graduation year and 
degree. Visit the SOE web page at 
A free e-mail/web newsletter, 
"EDification," is available to all 
alumni, friends, and professional 
colleagues. Look for it on our web 
page! We are working to update our 
graduate alumni addresses; send 
changes to die address above. • Ellen 
Butler MA '98, counseling psychol- 
ogy, works as a mental health liaison 
and school counselor at SaintMary's 
Medical Center Foundation in San 
Francisco, CA. • Jennifer Masi 
Cashion MA '96, counseling psy- 
chology, lives and works in Anchor- 
age, AK, where she is a clinical 


therapist at Alaska Children's Ser- 
vices. • Lady June Hubbard-Cole 
Ph.D. '97, developmental and edu- 
cational psychology, is assistant pro- 
fessor of education at John Carroll 
University in University Heights, 
OH. She is part of the Department 
of Education and Allied Studies. • 
Ivy Ingram MA '98 , counseling psy- 
chology, is a career counselor at the 
Boston University School of Man- 
agement in Boston. • Erez Miller 
Ph.D. '98, developmental and edu- 
cational psychology, published an 
article coauthored with SOE pro- 
fessors Richard Lerner and Penny 
Hauser-Cram. The article, "As- 
sumptions and Features of Longitu- 
dinal Designs: Implications for Early 
Childhood Education" appeared in 
B. Spodek, O. N. Saracho, and A. D. 
Pellegrini (eds.), Yearbook in Early 
Childhood Education (pp. 113-137). 
New York: Teachers College Press. 
• Christine Parzych MEd '93 , edu- 
cational administration, has been ap- 
pointed principal of Belchertown 
High School. Belchertown is located 
in western Mass. and is one of the 
fastest growing school systems in 
the Commonwealth. Chris comes 
on board just as the community is 
planning the construction of a new 
$32 million high school. • Finally, 
we are saddened to hear of the death 
of Martha Gosian Davis BA '78, 
special/elementary education, MA 
'82, special/elementary education. 
Martha was a teacher in Brockton. 


Lesley Fox Denny '91 
n Tumelty Road 
Peabody, MA 01960 
(781) 693-9913 


Laurel Eisenhauer 
Cushing Hall 202 
Boston College 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
(617) 552-4279 


Sr. Joanne Westwater, RGS '55 
57 Avalon Ave. 
Quincy, MA 02469 
{617) 328-5053 


Vicki Sanders 

Director of Communications 
Boston College Law School 
885 Centre Street 
Newton. MA 02459-1163 

Edgar J. Bellefontaine '61 was 

honored last year by the Social Law 
Library of Boston for 37 years of 
distinguished leadership there. Dur- 
ing the ceremony, a portrait of 
Bellefontaine, commissioned by the 
library's trustees, was unveiled. He 
has now assumed the position of 
librarian emeritus. • Arnold R. 
Rosenfeld '67 has joined the Bos- 
ton law firm ofWarner & Stackpole. 
He leaves the Office of Bar Counsel, 
ending a 32-year career in public 
service that included work as a pub- 
lic defender and as chief counsel of 
the Committee on Public Counsel 
Services. • Carl E. Axelrod '69 has 
been named chair of the Anti-Defa- 
mation League's New England Re- 
gional Board. He is a senior partner 
in real estate and business law at 
Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer. 
• Charles J. Bowser Jr. '70 has 
been appointed adjunct professor of 
law at Suffolk University Law School 
in Boston. He is a partner in the firm 
of Lee, Levine & Bowser LLP in 
Boston and president of the Massa- 
chusetts Chapter of the American 
Academy of Lawyers. • Charles B. 
Gibbons '70 is the author of Penn- 
sylvania Rules of Evidence with Trial 
Objections, his fourth book with West 
Publishing Company. • J. Michael 
Deasy '73 was selected to fill a va- 
cant judgeship on the US Bankruptcy 
Court for the District of New Hamp- 
shire. • John R. Clementi '75 has 
been appointed to the board of di- 
rectors of the Leominster Enter- 
prise Bank. He is president and CEO 
of Plastican, Inc. in Leominster. • 
Gilbert J. Nadeau '76 was sworn in 
as a district court judge and will 
serve in the Second District Court 
in Fall River. He has worked in the 
Bristol County district attorney's 
office since 1979, most recently as 
first assistant district attorney. • 
Edward O'Neill '76 has joined the 
San Francisco branch of the Los 
Angeles-based firm of Jeffer, 
Mangels, Butler & Marmaro as 
counsel. • Fay A. Rozovsky '76 is 
the 1999 president-elect of the 
American Society for Healthcare 
Risk Management. She recently re- 
ceived the society's highest honor, 
the Distinguished Service Award, in 
recognition of her outstanding ef- 
forts in the field of risk prevention. • 
Margaret H. Earls '77 was one of 
nine new officers to join the Suffolk, 

Virginia, police force in 1998. Pre- 
viously, she practiced law in Atlanta, 
Georgia, where she was a public de- 
fender and an assistant district attor- 
ney. •JamesA.Aloisi '78 has joined 
the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, 
where he will be a member of the 
real estate department and the pub- 
lic law practice group. He is cur- 
rently a candidate for a master's 
degree in history from Harvard 
University. • James J. Geary '79 
was named executive VP and gen- 
eral counsel of Southern Natural 
Gas in Birmingham, Alabama. • 
Steven H. Schafer '79 has been 
elected president of the Massachu- 
setts Academy of Trial Attorneys. 
He is the principal in the Boston 
firm of Steven H. Schafer & Associ- 
ates. • William J. Riley '80 has 
become associate justice of the 
Chelsea (Mass.) District Court. The 
oath of office ceremony took place 
in March 1999 in the Chamber of 
the House of Representatives at the 
State House in Boston. • Clover M. 
Drinlcwater '81 was named chair of 
the New York State Bar Association 
and is the first lawyer of Chemung 
County to serve as chair of this sec- 
tion. She is a partner in the Elmira 
law firm of Sayles, Evans, Brayton, 
Palmer & Tifft. • Walter A. Wright 
III '83 became a managing director 
of the Boston law firm of Rich, May, 
Bilodeau & Flaherty, P.C. He con- 
tinues his practice counseling and 
representing emerging businesses, 
entrepreneurs, lenders, and venture 
capitalists. • Kevin M. Burke '85 
was reelected to his sixth term as 
district attorney for Essex County. 
He plans to retire when his term 
expires in January 2003. • Leon 
Rodriquez '87 was named chief of 
the white-collar crime section of the 
US attorney's office in Pittsburgh, 
PA. Prior to this appointment by US 
Attorney Linda L. Kelly, he pros- 
ecuted criminal civil rights viola- 
tions as a trial attorney with the US 
Department of Justice in Washing- 
ton, DC. • Carlos J. Deupi '88 was 
elected shareholder in the Miami, 
FL, firm of Akerman, Senterfitt & 
Eidson, ranked in 1977 as the fastest 
growing law firm by the National 
Law Journal. He practices in the ar- 
eas of mergers and acquisitions, cor- 
porate finance and sports law. • 
Editor's note: Hon. Anthony J. 
Celebrezze '63 was incorrectly listed 
as having died 10/30/98, when in 
fact it was his father who died on that 
date. We apologize for this error. 



BC Club of LA at St. Stephen's Creek, Santa Monica 


Los Angeles Club 

The BC Club of Los Angeles has 
experienced a spectacular series of 
events the past few months. High- 
lights include a trip to Las Vegas for 
the grand opening of the Bellagio 
Hotel; a VIP tour of The Getty 
Museum; a private tent at the Riviera 
Country Club for the LA Open; a 
Career/Networking Night hosted by 
Nipsy Russell; and luxury box ac- 
commodations at The Arrowhead 
Pond for The Rolling Stones con- 
cert. • Unfortunately, all of this fun 
and glamour did not come without 
its fair share of disappointment and 
tragedy. This pretty much occurred 
every time the group gathered to 
watch a BC athletic event. (Pictured: 
BU vs. BC Beanpot at St. Stephen's 
Green in Santa Monica) But the club 
remains optimistic! Confidence is 
high that the football team can notch 
a victory over Northeastern next fall . 
Go Eagles! • All questions, concerns 
and fashion advice may be directed 
to Harry Hirshorn '89 via e-mail at 

San Diego 

Our club here in San Diego has been 
keeping busy as usual. We attended 
the annual Beanpot hockey game 
and although we lost the game, a 
good time was had by all. • Our 
monthly networking meetings are 
constantly bringing in new people 
who have recently relocated to the 
San Diego area. • Our group is put- 
ting together many events for the 
1999 year. We will be gathering for 
a pre-St. Patrick's Day event in the 
Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San 
Diego. • We are also in the process 

of putting together a golf tourna- 
ment in May. • Our annual trek to 
the baseball stadium will most likely 
take place in the late summer or 
early fall this year. We are also look- 
ing forward to the Freshman Sendoff 
in August, last year's event was a 
smashing success. • Thanks as al- 
ways to all the support from the 
networking group. Without the 
countless hours spent by as many 
people this Alumni Club would not 
be as successful and fun as it is today! 


More than 150 alumni, students and 
parents watched BC defeat Colo- 
rado College at the University of 
Denver Holiday Hockey tournament 
in December. The game was fol- 
lowed by a reception with Coach 
Jerry York, Athletic Director Gene 
DeFillipo and members of the ath- 
letic department and coaching staff. 
• Alumni hockey fans gathered again 
in February to watched BC in the 
Beanpot Tournament. • On April 3, 
BC Colorado alumni attended a Red 
Sox vs. Rockies exhibition game. 
Later in April, a volunteer group 
worked with Neighborhood Part- 
ners, a local Denver low-income 
housing organization. • For future 
activities, changes in address, new- 
comers, etc., please call Club Secre- 
taryJulieGrovesat(303) 733-2353. 



Visit our web site at http:// You can also 
e-mail club President Marco Pace 
at • In February, 
club members got together for a 
pregame function at the Hartford 

Hilton. Afterwards, we attended the 
BC-UConn basketball game at the 
Hartford Civic Center, albeit from 
the nosebleeds! Thanks to everyone 
to who made this a successful event. 
• On May 8th, a large group of hard 
working club members spent a day 
building homes for Habitat for Hu- 
manity in greater Hartford. This 
event gave us an opportunity to give 
back to the community, while enjoy- 
ing the company of fellow alumni. • 
Upcoming events include our 2nd 
Annual Scholarship Fund Golf 
Tournament and a Freshman 
Sendoff. • Contact Marco at (860) 
632-7783 for more information re- 
garding either of these events. • 
Thanks for your help! Marco. 


The BC Alumni Club of Washing- 
ton, DC conducted an eight-mile 
hike in George Washington Na- 
tional Forest in September. • The 
monthly happy hours for young 
alumni from BC, Providence, Holy 
Cross, Fairfield, Notre Dame, 
Villanova, and Georgetown contin- 
ued at Sign of the Whale in DC, 
Stella's Restaurant in Old Town Al- 
exandria, The Grand Slam Pub in 
DC and Whitlows on Wilson Bar & 
Grill in Arlington. Alumni also cheer 
on BC Football in our games against 
VA Tech at The Rhodeside Grill 
and against Notre Dame at Grand 
Slam Sports Bar in DC. • On Octo- 
ber 20, alumni enjoyed a specialMass 
celebrated by Father Leahy at 
Georgetown University's Dahlgren 
Chapel. Five local priests with ties to 
BC concelebrated the Mass includ- 
ing Father Jim Ronan, Monsignor 
Tom Wells, Father Robert Drinan, 
Father James Shea and Father 
Daniel Lahart. A reception was held 
in Georgetown's Copley Hall; Fa- 
ther Leahy provided attendees with 
a report on important happenings at 
BC, as well as key initiatives that will 
shape the future of the University. • 
A special thanks to the following — 
SheilaMurphy, Tom Sullivan, Karen 
Seaver Hill, Amanda Mayer, Will 
Rogers, Kip Gregory, Tom Jennings, 
Shaun McNamara and Monsignor 
Wells for your hard work in making 
this event a success. • In December, 
the club combined its holiday recep- 
tion with the "Impressionism in 
Winter: Effets de Neige" Exhibit at 
the Phillips Gallery, planned and 
organized by Deirdre Walsh. • On 
January 6, the BC club held its an- 
nual Career Networking event for 
BC students in the penthouse offices 
of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The 
event, which assists students inter- 
ested in obtaining jobs in the DC 

area, was attended by 12 current 
students and more than 20 alumni. 
Thanks in particular to Mary Gately, 
Caitlin O'Connell, Bernard 
Gallagher, Mark Noferi, Julie 
Kaminski, and Steve Merchant who 
served on the Career Networking 
Committee. • Also in January, the 
Alumni Admissions Volunteer Pro- 
gram held an Early Action Recep- 
tion at Landon School in Bethesda, 
MD hosted by Kathleen Offen, an 
AAV representative, and was at- 
tended by approximately 70 people, 
including 23 early action accepted 
students, their parents, current BC 
students, and AAV members. • In 
February, a large group of alumni 
gathered at The Rock in DC to root 
on BC in its game against BU in the 
first round of the Beanpot Tourna- 
ment. The club is grateful to the 
Alumni Association for sponsoring 
the telecast of this great tournament. 
• Check our web page for upcoming 
events and sign 
up for our list serve to receive event 
reminders and messages. Thanks to 
Dana Colarulli for his support of the 
web page. • The club's plan for the 
Spring and Summer include a Com- 
mittee Volunteer Day at the Wash- 
ington DC Area Food Bank (March 
20). • Interested in working on the 
CS Committee? Contact Rob 
Simon at H: (703) 908-9719, W: 
(703) 741-5866, or via e-mail at Career 
Network Committee. The annual 
Career Network Reception will be 
held July 20. Interested in working 
on the CN Committee? Contact 
Chuck Clapton at H: (202) 237- 
2797 or via e-mail at 
Chuck. Clapton® Spiritual Commit- 
tee: Alumni Day of Reflection, 
"Prayer for Busy People" (May 1). 
The theme of this special day of 
reflection is "Prayer for Busy 
People." The day will focus on deep- 
ening our relationships with God 
through everyday prayer. Father 
Daniel Lahart, who received a 
master's of education from BC, will 
provide leadership during a program 
of prayer, reflection, group discus- 
sion and Mass in a serene setting at 
Gonzaga College High School. In- 
terested in working on the Spiritual 
Committee? Contact Shaun 
McNamara atH: (703) 578-0714or 
via e-mail at 
Outdoor Activities Committee: Spe- 
lunking at Endless Caverns (May 
15). Tour the Endless Caverns in 
New Market, VA with a guide who 
will explain geology, history and ex- 
ploration of the caverns. The cav- 
erns are presented with white 
lighting only, allowing you to enjoy 


the cave's natural beauty. Hikes will 
also continue throughout" the spring 
and summer to various locations. 
Interested in working with the OA 
Committee? Contact Bob Audet at 
H: (703) 573-2859 or via e-mail at 
Alumni Admissions Volunteer Pro- 
gram. Admissions Reception (April) 
to encourage accepted BC applicants 
to select BC as their college. This 
activity, held at The Stone Ridge 
School of the Sacred Heart, brings 
accepted BC applicants together with 
current students and families as well 
as AAV program volunteers and re- 
cent graduates. Interested in work- 
ing with the AAV Program ? Contact 
Bob Burke (DC/MC Chair) at H: 
(301)229-6603, W: (202)496-0200, 
or via e-mail at bobburke@muse- or Paul Sherry (VA 
Chair) at (703) 256-4677. Social 
Committee. Monthly Young Alumni 
Happy Hours will continue at vari- 
ous local bars and restaurants in DC, 
Maryland and Virginia. The com- 
mittee is gearing up for the BC- 
Navy game in Annapolis, MD 
(September 18). Interested in work- 
ing on the Social Committee? Con- 
tact Sheila Murphy at H: (703) 
938-0110 or via e-mail at 


Broward/Palm Beach 

By the time you read this all the 
Snow Birds will be home and half of 
our '98-'99 season activities will be 
over. Our club members travelled 
by bus down to Miami for the foot- 
ball game against Miami (we joined 
theMiami club). • Nestor Machado 
planned a delicious tailgate party 
before the game. • In December we 
had a wonderful evening cruising 
along the Intracoastal Waterway for 
the Annual Pompano Boat Parade 
on the Suzamia. • Glen Turner 
arranged our quarterly gatherings at 
Pescatori's Restaurant in West Palm 
Beach. • Mike Antonello invited 
members to Pete Rose's in Boca 
Raton to watch the Eagles play 
hockey at the Bean Pot Tournament 
on TV with BU Alums. • Lori 
Kasten and Barbara and Jim Mar- 
tin won the Flutie Flakes! • The 
"Irish Rovers" performance at the 
Kravis Center for Performing Arts 
gave us a chance to celebrate St. 
Patrick's day. John O'Hare chaired 
this event and we ended a wonderful 
evening with an Irish coffee at 
Mulrooney's in WPB. • On April 
1 1 , a group of members met at Janet 
Cornelia's house to tailgate at the 
US Open Polo Match at Palm Beach 
Polo and Equestrian Club in 

Wellington. The executive hoard 
will be meeting to plan the remain- 
der of '99 and into the year 2000! • 
Our club is growing in membership 
but we are in need of alumni to help 
with club events. • Each year we 
welcome new people into leadership 
positions. If you would be willing to 
hold a post on the executive board, 
please contact Club President Janet 
Cornelia 123 3 8 Old Country Road, 
Wellington, FL, 33414, or janetcfl® • Summer plans may in- 
clude a fishing trip. Tom Regan is 
looking into details. E-mail any of 
the club officers to express your in- 
terest. Our club needs a service 
project coordinator. Do you have 
the time and desire to help us estab- 
lish a service project in the coming 
year? • Lori Kasten welcomes more 
phone committee volunteers. Each 
volunteer is asked to choose just five 
club members of their choice from 
our club directory to call about up- 
coming events, (or five people will 
be assigned). • Club treasurer John 
O'Hare is preparing our new direc- 
tory. Members who have paid their 
$20 dues will be included and will 
receive a new directory. We appre- 
ciate your support! • New gradu- 
ates, dues are waived for the first 
year, just drop us a note that you 
would like to receive club news. 
Anyone interested in joining the club 
should contact John, jjohare® or Janet, 


The BC Alumni Club of Indiana has 
planned many exciting activities for 
1999! We kicked off the year with 
two admissions events in April: a 
congratulatory reception for those 
high school seniors who were ac- 
cepted to BC for fall admission, and 
our alumni members manned the 
booth to promote the maroon and 
gold at the annual college fair held at 
Butler University. • This summer 
we will once again gather to picnic 
under the stars to the sounds of the 
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. 
Our club will reserve several tables 
close to the stage. This event is held 
at Conner Prairie, an outdoor am- 
phitheater and we expect our usual 
good turnout. • In early August, we 
will "Send Off Our Freshman" with 
a Mass and reception at the lovely 
home of alumna Ruth Vignati. We 
hope to receive a visit from Fr. Wil- 
liam Neenan, SJ again this year. Last 
year he graciously agreed to travel 
here, say tire Mass and meet the 
students, parents and alumni. • The 
1999 football season will hold two 
events forus. We're planning a foot- 
ball viewing party at a local sports 

bar for one of the mid-October 
games. And on November 20, our 
club will travel to South Bend to 
cheer the Eagles to victory over the 
Fighting Irish. As a bonus, we are 
hoping to plan a special pregame 
tailgate at the College Football Hall 
of Fame museum in downtown South 
Bend. Full details on these events 
are being mailed to all area alumni. • 
If you are new to the area or would 
like more information, contact club 
president Steve Ferrucci at (317) 
684-6161 (work). 



The Baltimorean Eagles welcome 
alumni from all over the country for 
our 10th visit to the Oriole Park at 
Camden Yards. The Boston Red Sox 
vs. Baltimore Orioles game will be 
played on Saturday, October 2, 1999. 
As the game was virtually sold out 
before the season started, call soon 
for tickets. Major League Baseball 
will determine the time of the game 
closer to the game date. This will be 
the last weekend of regular season 
play for both teams. For ticket infor- 
mation call Eileen Unitas at (410) 


Cape Cod 

The 25th Anniversary of the found- 
ing of BC Club of Cape Cod will 
occur on June 28, 1999. This mile- 
stone will be observed at our annual 
meeting which is scheduled to be 
held June 18th at the Willowbend 
Country Club in Mashpee. We will 
be honored at this event by the pres- 
ence of our College President, Fa- 
ther William P. Leahy, SJ, and are 
hopeful that he will be welcomed by 
a large and appreciative gathering. 
Please note the date and make plans 
to attend the luncheon. • Interest in 
our club down on the Cape contin- 
ues to grow. Our number has in- 
creased to a record high of 800 
members. Club functions during the 
fall and winter months were ex- 
tremely well attended and we look 
forward to a full house at all our 
spring programs. In addition to con- 
ducting a complete calendar of so- 
cial activities the club maintained a 
consistent effort to fulfill its benevo- 
lent mission. • A Christmas offering 
in the amount of $4,140 was pro- 
vided to the retired Jesuits residing 
at the Campion Center in Weston. 
Our club contributed addition funds 
as well to support entertainment 
programs and transportation sendees 
for the elderly priests and religious 
at the Center. • Through the gener- 

osity and effort of Alice Logue 
Lawler '54, a Nantucket Basket 
Scrimshaw Tray will be raffled in 
June to provide added financial ben- 
efits to thejesuit Community. • The 
Ignatio student volunteers at BC 
were the recipients once again of a 
club donation in the amount of $500. 
The gift helped in meeting some of 
the expenses that the students expe- 
rienced in their volunteer work with 
impoverished people injamaica dur- 
ing the school recess in March. • 
Our club will participate this year as 
one of the sponsors of the Second 
Helping Food Program which is the 
major charitable service project of 
the BC Alumni Association. In co- 
operation with the Greater Boston 
Food Bank, we join with the .Alumni 
Association in a concerted effort to 
help alleviate hunger in the Greater 
Boston area. • We are now online! 
Our Cape Cod web site address is Check it out! 
The site will provide extensive and 
current information on BC Cape 
Cod Club activities; linkage to the 
BC Alumni Association; news on BC 
sports events; and much more. Please 
contact us through the Web regard- 
ing any questions or suggestions. 
Give it a try! • Thanks to each and 
every member who helped make our 
Club such a great success. A full slate 
of activities is planned for the future 
and we welcome all BC Alumni/ae 
and Friends to join us. For more 
information contact Richard P. 
Charlton at (508) 563-2 3 1 7 or e-mail 


The BC Club of New Hampshire 
has had a terrific year. In July we 
were pleased to have Tom O'Brien, 
head coach of the football team, as 
well as Bill Gould, assistant coach 
of the women's basketball team, join 
us at our Annual Golf Outing at The 
Windham Country Club hosted by 
Porter Starrett '6 1 who is also VP of 
the board of directors. • As always, 
many alumni joined for golfing, lun- 
cheon and dinner or just dinner. • In 
December '75 NH Alumni watched 
the battle of the nationally ranked 
hockey programs as the University 
of New Hampshire hosted BC at 
the Whittemore Center. • John 
Hession '68 who also serves as trea- 
surer of the board of directors, did 
his usual good job in securing tickets 
for what always turns out to be a sold 
out game. • Remember, tickets for 
this event sell out fast, so if you 
would like to join us next year, watch 
your mailboxes. • In January, 50 
NH alumni were thrilled to attend 
what turned out to be one of the 



highlights of the Big East women's 
basketball season as they watched 
BC beat UConn. • George Scollin 
'78 organized the event and hosted a 
reception following the game at 
Alumni House. • February was 
"Have a Heart and Give Blood 
Month" through which the BC Club 
worked closely with the American 
Red Cross to encourage alumni to 
donate blood during the month. This 
event was sponsored by the Com- 
munity Service Committee, chaired 
by Bill Hamrock '45, Grail 
O'Connor '62, and Dave Horan 
'77. This committee also organized 
a drive to collect items for the Our 
Place Pregnancy Care Center in 
Manchester in March. • March also 
brought with it a trip to hear the 
New Hampshire Symphony Orches- 
tra which was preceded by a recep- 
tion at the law firm of Wiggin and 
Nourie, hosted by Rich McNamara 
'72andDougWenners'92. 'April 
was our Annual Recognition Dinner 
at which we honored Bishop John 
McCormack, Ninth Bishop of 
Manchester. Co-chairs Bob Curran 
'49 and Dick Hogan '71 worked 
tirelessly with their committee to 
make this large event a success. • 
The winner of the annual BC Club 
of NH Scholarship was also hon- 
ored at this reception. The scholar- 
ship committee, chaired by 
Commissioner Carol Holden '65 
chose its winner based on a response 
to a question dealing with the Jesuit 
tradition and its encouragement of 
good works. • In May the club trav- 
elled to the Shaker Village in Can- 
terbury, NH, for a candlelight dinner 
and tour, organized by Pat Lucey 
'73 who also serves as secretary of 
the board of directors. • Upcoming 
events include a summer cruise on 
the Odyssey Cruise Line in Boston, 
as orchestrated by Carol Hogan '65, 
and a trip to enjoy Keith Lockhart 
and the Boston Pops when they play 
the Heights in October. • The an- 
nual golf outing is scheduled for 
Monday, July 27, at the Windham 
Country Club. • The BC Club of 
NH web site is currently under con- 
struction. We would be thrilled to 
see more BC Alumni get involved 
with BC Club activities. We are a 
huge group of alumni in New Hamp- 
shire, we would love to meet more of 
you from throughout the state. • 
For more information on any of the 
above mentioned events, or to sug- 
gest other activities, please contact 
President Kim Lindley-Soucy '87 


The BC Club of New Jersey began 
in 1999 with a new administration 
led by president Larryjoel '87, trea- 
surer Joseph DeMayo '81, and sec- 
retary Karen Felix McAllister '87. 
The club would like to thanks its 
past copresident Christina 
Mangano '88 for all her work and 
dedication. We wish her well in her 
future endeavors. • The BC Club of 
NJ is happy to announce that the 
following schools have recendy been 
designated to be recipients of the 
BC Alumni Association BookAward: 
Christian Brothers Academy of 
Lincroft, Don Bosco Prep of 
Ramsey, Oak Knoll School of the 
Holy Child Jesus of Summit, 
Ridgewood High School of 
Ridgewood, Columbia High School 
of Maplewood, Union Catholic High 
School of Scotch Plains and New 
Brunswick High School of New 
Brunswick. • The club welcomes 
new volunteers to participate in club 
activities. Look for newsletters in 
your mail or call the BC Club of NJ's 
hotline at (201) 768-7095 or (800) 
669-8430 for a message of upcom- 
ing events and club meetings. 


Central Ohio 

As of January, John DeLeo has 

stepped down as co-president of the 
club. John was instrumental in orga- 
nizing the club four years ago. With 
a new family, new house, new dog 
and a recent promotion, John needed 
to cut back on several commitments. 
He promises to attend club events. • 
Thank you John for all your hard 
work and dedication to BC! • Mean- 
while, the other co-president, Sara 
Browning, gave birth to her first 
child November 4th. Sam is a healthy 
and happy baby. He only cries when 
our basketball team loses a game (so 
there have been a lot of tears during 
the '98/'99 season!). • With John's 
departure, Sara is seeking volunteers 
to help organize events. We've got 
one planned for June. • Saturday, 
June 26th join us to watch the Co- 
lumbus Clippers play the Toledo 
Mud Hens. Game time is 6:15 p.m. 
If we have 30 people attend, we can 
reserve a picnic area and meet for a 
barbecue before the game. • Please 
call Sara at (614) 337-2287 to re- 
serve tickets. 



January 1 999 was an eventful month 
for the Boston College Club of Phila- 
delphia. We held our annual Alumni- 

Students Career Networking Night 
at St. Joseph's University on January 
7th. • On January 13 th, we enjoyed 
a pregame parry at the Connelly 
Center before attending the BC bas- 
ketball game at Villanova. • Our first 
quarter meeting was held at the Iron 
Hill Brewery in West Chester, PA 
on January 28th. • Thank you to all 
of the people that came out to make 
each of these events a success. • We 
are currently looking into a web site 
for our club. • Please look for our 
quarterly newsletter The Eagle's Eye 
of Philadelphia, which will provide all 
of the details about the following 
upcoming activities: The Eighth 
Annual Golf Tournament at Eagle 
Lodge Country Club on June 28th, 
BC Football at Navy on September 
18th, and the Boston Red Sox vs. 
Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards 
on October 2nd. • We would like to 
thank our friends from the BC Club 
of Baltimore for inviting us to par- 
ticipate in the last two events. • Please 
call John Sherlock at (6 1 0) 2 19-2460, 
if you have any questions, ideas, or 
would like to volunteer to help out 
with our Club. 



The BC Club of Dallas-Fort Worth 
is now in full swing with over 100 
active members. • Thanks to all who 
participated in the past year's events 
and are making our newly restruc- 
tured club a success. We had a great 
turn out our last event of 1998 — the 
first annual Christmas Open House. 
• Many thanks to Janet and Jim 
Sheppard (parents of James '02) for 
hosting the wonderful party. • We 
look forward to seeing you at the 
summer Sendoff for the class of 2003 
this summer and at future happy 
hours and game watching parties. • 
The leadership committee for the 
club is listed below. Please feel free 
to contact us if you are interested in 
getting involved or if you have any 
questions or suggestions. • We look 
forward to seeing you at the next 
event! • Pres. Christine O'Brien 
'92 (214) 520-9387; VP Paul Day 
'90 (214) 521-0018; Sec. Scott 
Bonneau '90 (2 1 4) 999-2 8 7 5 ; Treas. 
Christi Stokes '94 (972) 437-93 11; 
Admission Liaison, Brian King '85 


Greetings from Washington! • Club 
news: Thanks for die memories • In 
September, Tom Lally '73 relocated 
to sunny California and Dan Wassel 
'88 became president of the club. 
Best of luck Tom and thanks again 

for all the years of service. • For 
Boston: Members of the club met in 
Seattle to cheer on the Eagles foot- 
ball team against West Virginia and 
Virginia Tech. Although, the scores 
were not what we hoped for it was 
great to see the camaraderie among 
the alumni. • Mike Doohan '53 led 
the gathered in a rousing rendition 
of "For Boston." • In February, the 
club held a Beanpot event with the 
alumni club of Boston University. 
Once again, we came up on the short 
end of the scoreboard, but that didn't 
seem to matter when John Flavin 
'94 started the "Safety School Chant. " 
• Career Networking Night: injanu- 
ary, 20 BC students from the Puget 
Sound area mingled with 10 alumni 
at DaVinci's in Kirkland, WA. Spe- 
cial thanks to Robin Ryan '77 for 
her help in making the evening a 
great experience for the students and 
the alumni. • Cyberspace: the club 
will be launching a web site this 
spring. Look for our link on the BC 
Alumni Association web page. It 
promises to be the end-all source for 
club news and event information. • 
1 999 Menu: proposed events include 
an alumni mass, freshman sendoff, 
community service projects, Eagle 
sports on TV, golf tournament and 
picnic and many more. • Contact: 
Dan Wassel, 2127 33rd Avenue W, 
Seattle, WA 98 199, (206) 282-4992, 


It has been another busy season for 
the Wisconsin Chapter of the BC 
Alumni Association. We started off 
with a great party to watch the Notre 
Dame football game at the Harp in 
Milwaukee. It was a special treat to 
have our oldest alumnus, Larry 
Donovan '30, and former BC foot- 
ball standout Dick Kroner '69, share 
some old stories with us. All the hard 
work and phone calls to coordinate 
the January Night of Networking 
went for naught as a blizzard stormed 
Milwaukee the day of the event. We 
will try it again during the warmer 
summer months. Poor weather will 
never prevent club members from 
joining area alumni chapters from 
Holy Cross and Georgetown for a 
night of socializing. The turnouts 
have been excellent for both the post- 
holiday cocktail reception and the 
spring fish-fry at Historic Turner 
Hall. We look forward to other fu- 
ture events with our friends from 
HC and GU. 




Martin S. Ridge '67 
3117 West Meadow Drive 
Phoenix, AZ 85023 
Home: 602-942-1303 

Los Angeles 

Harry R. Hirshorn '89 

1315 Idaho Avenue, Unit # 1 

Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Home: 310-394-8908 


Northern California 

Gail Lynam Dutcher '78 
225 San Antonio Way 
Walnut Creek, CA 94598 
Home: 925-938-2428 

Orange County 

John F. Sullivan '50 

Two Byron Close 

Laguana Niguel, CA 92677 

Home: 949-240-1820 


San Diego 

John L. Frasca '83 

Century 21 Award 

13161 Black Mountain Road, Suite 9 

San Diego, CA 92129 

Home: 760-431-5646 

Phone for BC business: 760-752-6363 



Robert F. X. Hart '60, CSSW '62 
2801 East 7th Avenue Parkway 
Denver, CO 80206 
Home: 303-329-6939 
Work: 303-792-9900 


Marco Pace '93 
8321 Town Brooke 
Middletown, CT 06457 
Home: 860-632-7783 
Work: 860-808-0700 


Carrie L. McNamara '88 
1809 Kenwood Ave. #301 
Alexandria, VA 22302 
Home: 703-578-0714 


Broward & Palm Beach 

Janet C. Cornelia '70 
12338 Old Country Road 
Wellington, FL 33414 
Home: 561-793-2615 
Work: 561-793-1017 


Nestor Machado '95 

7401 Vistalmar Street 

Miami, FL 33143 

Phone for BC business: 305-350-1635 


William F. Hackett '66 
5860 Midnight Pass Road 
Sarasota, Florida 34242 
Home: 94i-349-75°5 

Southwest Florida 

Christopher K. Heaslip '86 
5271 Berkeley Drive 
Naples, FL 34112 
Work: 941-649-3245 


John Coleman '85 
3005 Lookout Place, Apt. C 
Atlanta, CA 30305 
Home: 404-231-5058 


Kevin J. Reid, Esq. '91 

3442 N. Seminary #2 

Chicago, IL 60657 

Phone for BC business: 312-409-2700 



Stephen E. Ferrucci '87, LAW '90 

7156 Derstan Road 

Indianapolis, IN 46250 

Home: 317-577-9714 

Work: 317-684-6161 



Ken & Kathleen Pierce '80 
35 Oakhurst Road 
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 
Home: 207-767-5741 


Eileen O'Connell Unitas '8i 
3808 Saint Paul Street 
Baltimore, MD 21218-1820 
Home: 410-889-3300 

Cape Cod 

Richard P. Charlton '54 
40 Clubhouse Drive 
Pocasset, MA 02559-2108 
Home: 508-563-2317 

Western Massachusetts 

Robert T. Crowley, Jr. '70 
69 Ridgecrest Circle 
Westfield, MA 01085-4525 
Home: 413-568-3995 
Work: 413-734-2163 


Francis J. McCarry '61 

Tucker Anthony, Inc. 
370 Main Street, Suite 900 
Worcester, MA 01608 
Work: 800-797-0670 

Southeastern Michigan 

Peter Ivan Beswerchij '89 
3615 Historic Street 
Troy, Ml 48083 
Home: 810-740-8565 


Mark '91 & Kathleen '91 Sexton 

1833 Rome Avenue 

St. Paul, MN 55116 

Home: 612-696-1181 

Phone for BC business: 612-607-7253 


St. Louis 

James A. Zoeller '55 
13246 Bon Royal Drive 
Des Peres, MO 63131 
Home: 314-966-0269 


Kim Lindley-Soucy '87 
P.O. Box 140 
Londonderry, NH 03053 
Home: 603-425-6898 

Northern New Jersey 

Lawrence A. P. Joel, Esq. "87 

30 Burch Drive 

Morris Plains, N) 07950 

Phone for BC business: 201-768-7095 


Peter Gaynor Crummey '78 

90 State Street, Suite #1003 

Albany, NY 12207 

Work: 518-426-9648 

William F. C. McLaughlin '58 

Nymed Incorporated 

387 State Street 

Albany, NY 12210 

Work: 518-433-7300 

Phone for BC business: 518-462-4485 

New York City 

Thomas J. Livaccari '87 

204 West 80th Street, Unit 5-E 

New York. NY 10024-7016 

Phone for BC business: 1-800-934-2269 


Richard ). Evans, Esq. '83 
201 Rutgers Street 
Rochester, NY 14607-3226 
Home: 716-473-2954 
Work: 716-238-2061 


John). Petosa'87 
201 Wey Bridge Terrace 
Camillus, NY 13031 
Home: 315-487-6440 
Work: 315-488-4411/4311 

Central Ohio 

Sara Ann Browning '86 
640 Sycamore Mill Drive 
Cahanna. OH 43230 
Home: 614-337-2287 


Francis A. Cruise '54 

TravelPlex Travel Agency 

117 East Court Street 

Cincinnati. OH 45202-1203 

Phone for BC business: 513-241-7800 


Denis P. Dunn '88 

2181 Niagra Drive 

Lakewood, OH 44107 

Home: 216-221-1828 

Phone for BC business: 216-844-5721 


Charles F. Lanzieri, MD '74 

20000 S. Woodland Road 

Shaker Heights, OH 44122 

Work: 216-844-5721 



John C. Sherlock '87 

955 Hillsdale Drive 

West Chester, PA 19382-1920 

Home: 610-429-1625 

Western Pennsylvania 

Brian '92 & Suzanne '92 Walters 

212733rd Avenue West 

Pittsburgh, PA 15228 

Home: 412-343-6564 

Work: Brian: 412-261-4774 


Christine M. O'Brien '92 
4131 Wycliff Avenue, Unit #5 
Dallas, TX 75219 
Home: 214-520-9387 


Daniel C. Wassel '88 
3905 NE 100th Street 
Seattle, WA 98125-7840 
Home: 206-526-5481 


Andrew C. Docktor '86 
6760 N. Yates Road 
Milwaukee, Wl 53217 
Home: 414-223-4843 
Work: 414-645-2122 



William E. O'Brien '25, Naples, 

FL, 03/18/99 
Louis Mastrangelo, MD '27, 

Watertown, 01/27/99 
Arthur Barr Dolan '29, Boston, 

William H. Butler Jr. '30, 

Wakefield, 01/12/99 
Donald E. Macdonald '31, 

Squantum, 11/12/98 
Salvatore P. Palmieri, MD '31, 

GA&S '32, Marshfield, 12/16/98 
James E. Phelan '33, West 

Roxbury, 12/29/98 
Edward E. Hanley '34, Dresden, 

ME, 02/12/98 
Robert L. Hurley '34, Mansfield 

PA, 10/26/98 
Dr. Raymond J. Perry '35, GA&S 

'37, Salem, 12/20/98 
John J. Connelly, Esq. '36, GSSW 

'38, Chicago, IL, 01/27/98 
J. Albert Burgoyne, Esq. '36, 

Rockport, 01/17/99 
John F. Feeney '37, Plymouth, 

Bernard P. McMahon '37, 

Wilmington, 01/08/99 
Sr. Bernardus Desmond '39, 

Framingham, 12/22/98 
Richard J. Morris '39, GA&S '41, 

West Roxbury, 02/01/99 
Rt. Rev. Charles W. McCarthy 

'40, Brighton, 12/21/98 
Edmund F. Finnerty, MD '40, 

Falmouth, 01/17/99 
Sr. Anna Kelly, SSJ '41, Everett, 

B.G. Robert F. Long, USAF '41, 

Nahant, 12/18/98 
Thomas A. Kennedy, Esq. LAW 

'41, Scituate, 11/26/98 
Kathleen A. O'Donoghue GSSW 

'41, Plymouth, 12/31/98 
Bob N. Lamarche, MD '42, 

Agawam, 01/30/99 
Vincent J. Robinson '42, Norfolk 

VA, 01/16/99 
Timothy F. X. Sullivan '42, 

Quakertown, PA, 01/08/99 
Rev. Anthony A. Cintolo '42, 

Framingham, 12/26/98 
Sr. Denisia Herlihy, CSJ GA&S '42, 

Brockton, 01/11/99 
Lawrence J. O'Neill '42, Braintree, 

1 1/24/98 
John T. Day, Esq. '43, LAW '48, 

Milton, 01/28/99 
William F. Macdonald, MD '43, 

El Paso TX, 02/17/99 

Rev. Thaddeus A. Saja '43, Hyde 

Park, 02/14/99 
James F. Sweeney '43, Manchester, 

NH, 12/22/98 
Mary K. Maguire GSSW '44, 

Cranston, RI, 12/31/98 
Matthew F. Carroll Jr. '45, 

Marblehead, 12/06/98 
William R. Condon Jr. '45, 

Shrewsbury, 09/30/98 
Carmine J. Belmonte '45, Beverly, 

John L. Keating GA&S '47, 

Taunton, 10/17/98 
Francis W. Sidlauskas '47, 

Roslindale, 12/23/98 
John F. Best '48, Roslindale, 

Frederic L. Callahan '48, Bronx 

NY, 11/10/98 
Joseph J. Kendrickjr. '49, 

Portland ME, 10/01/98 
Thomas A. Gaudette '49, Chicago 

IL, 09/19/98 
James Papadonis '49, Somerville, 

Justine S. Young '49, Franklin, 

John H. Flynn '50, Huntington 

NY, 06/09/98 
Robert G. Bowlby '50, GA&S '57, 

Milton, 12/11/98 
Richard T. Harris, Esq. LAW '50, 

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 

Edwin J. Kelley '50, Hull, 01/01/99 
John J. Connolly '51, Weymouth, 

James B. Powers '51, Lee, 

Roderick M. Connelly, Esq. '51, 

LAW '54, Milton, 11/18/98 
Leonard F. Flaherty '51, Beverly, 

John R. Vinchesi '52, Melrose, 

1 1/26/98 
Hon. Shane Devine LAW '52, 

Concord, NH, 02/22/99 
Lambros A. Karkazais, MD '52, 

Deerfield, IL, 01/07/99 
Capt. Anthony Stathopoulos '52, 

Augustine J. McDonough, Esq. 

LAW '53, Manchester, NH, 

Thomas B. O'Heir '53, Brockton, 

Nancy B. Deroche '54, Pawtucket, 

RI, 10/01/98 
Edward J. Spellman '54, CGSOM 

'67, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 

William A. Allen '54, Cordova, 

TN, 11/10/98 

Sr. M. Constance Desgreniers, SP 

'54, Leominster, 1 1/04/98 
John D. McGovern GA&S '55, 

Franklin, 11/20/98 
Janet Drolet Augustin '56, 

Riverside, OH, 12/02/98 
Thomas E. Mullane '56, Hingham, 

lohn E. Scannell '56, Arlington, 

Richard P. Reagan, Esq. LAW '57, 

Shrewsbury, 12/20/98 
Sr. Mary Downes GA&S '58, 

Brighton, 11/30/98 
Sr. Helen Rita Moran, SCH GA&S 

'58, Wellesley, 12/01/98 
Peter A. Cenci '58, Newington, 

CT, 12/05/98 
Donald F. Descenza '58, New 

Canaan, CT, 01/07/99 
Rev. David P. Bailey '59, 

Sherborn, 12/10/98 
Robert A. McKay '59, GA&S '65, 

Sterling, 12/29/98 
Grace L. Nangle GA&S '59, 

Marblehead, 01/26/99 
Joseph W. Sentance Jr. '61, 

Stoneham, 02/04/99 
Vincent L. Macdonnell GA&S '61, 

'67, Upper Marlboro, MD, 

Francis J. Accetta '62, Columbus, 

OH, 01/25/99 
Louis M. Cioci, Esq. '63, 

Providence, RI, 02/05/99 
Regina M. Frechette '63, 

Coventry, RI, 11/01/98 
Herbert J. Hezel, PhD '64, GA&S 

'66, Ridge, NY, 01/01/99 
Sr. Virginia Maria McGovern '65, 

Bronx, NY, 04/16/98 
Joseph V. O'Donnell III '68, Cape 

Elizabeth, ME, 01/27/99 
Allen C. Ryberg '68, Waltham, 

Dr. Robert L. Burke '70, Milton, 

Kathleen G. Fallon, Esq. LAW '71, 

Holyoke, 10/28/98 
Maureen A. Donohue '71, 

Asheville, NC, 01/08/99 
Sr. Colette Corriveau, FMM '72, 

North Providence, RI, 12/10/98 

Joan Corboy, Esq. '74, Evanston, 
IL, 01/06/99 

Edward J. Weber, PhD GA&S '75, 

Newtonville, 12/01/98 
Elaine M. Duffey '76, Walpole, 

Marianne T. Camas '76, 

Longwood, FL, 1 1/24/98 
William Ernest Mastro '78, 

Dudley, 02/04/98 

Edward F. Young GA&S '78, 

Manchester, 01/24/99 
Harvey A. Remis CGSOM '81, 

Marblehead, 12/13/98 
Ralph J. Belmonte '82, Revere, 

Kenneth R. Locke '84, Mansfield, 

Donald J. Sullivan '85, Stafford 

VA, 11/30/98 
Marye Melinda Allen '91, Little 

Rock AR, 10/03/98 
Antoun S. Ghantous '94, 

Roslindale, 02/20/99 



Detail work 


In her essay "Some Notes on 
Teaching: Probably Spoken," Grace 
Paley observes that "the slightest 
story ought to contain the facts of 
money and blood in order to be interesting to adults. That is, everybody 
continues on this earth by courtesy of certain economic arrangements; 
people are rich or poor, make a living or don't have to, are useful to sys- 
tems or superfluous." Everybody, Paley reminds us, has some relationship 
to work, and the details of what 
people do for work and how their 
jobs leave them feeling at the end 
of the day are as important to the 
thick, accurate rendering of fiction- 
al worlds as a character's earliest 
memories, or hidden desires, or tone 
of voice, or relationship to other 
people in the world. 

In a lot of fiction, though, nobody works. We 
meet the characters on holiday; it's Christmas or 
Thanksgiving; it's summer at the beach. We see 
them in restaurants, in the park, on mountaintops, 
in bed. And yet when I make a list of my favorite 
contemporary novels, I find that many of them 
have work, of one kind or another, at their centers. 
I think of Howard Norman's The Bird Artist and 
The Museum Guard; of Richard Ford's Independence 

Day; of Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop. In these 
novels work not only grounds the characters in 
the daily, laboring world; it also serves as a lens 
through which to observe their internal states. 
Ford's real estate agent is emotionally homeless. 
Fitzgerald's bookstore owner is a dreamer in a rigid, 
habit-bound British village in 1959; books are her 
salvation, and her fall. Stanley Elkin, who was my 
teacher in graduate school, wrote fiction at differ- 
ent points in his career about an entrepreneur, a 
city commissioner of streets, a disk jockey, a rabbi, 
a man who owns a liquor store. He began his nov- 
els, he told me once, with an occupation, knowing 
that the story would follow. 

If the representation of work in fiction has 
something to do with the writer's obligation to ex- 
plore the complexity of lived lives in a world where 
work is a persistent fact of life, writing about cer- 
tain kinds of work has also to do, at least for me, 
with a desire to find language that is specific, tac- 
tile, and deeply embedded in the material world. 
What do you know how to do, I ask the students in 
my creative writing workshops. Can you change the 
oil in a car, or write a computer program, or birth a 
calf? Can you rescue a drowning person and give 
CPR? What does your mother know how to do? 



Your father, grandmother, sister, the guy next door? 
I learn that one student's father is a trapeze artist. 
Another student grew up fly-fishing and now leads 
trips and gives fishing lessons as his summer job. 
Make a list of the language of fly-fishing, I tell him, 
and the words he finds are full of spark and grit. Tip- 
pet. Hackle. Strike. Drift. Fur. Feather. Surgeons 
knot. Blood loop. 

Because my own life as a fiction writer takes me 
to many imaginary places but few actual ones, I 
often find myself writing about worlds I've never 
experienced and must learn about from someone 
else. My novel Unravelling is set partly in the Low- 
ell textile mills in mid- 19th-century New England. 
As I wrote the novel my research took me to li- 
braries and archives, to books on weaving and 
copies of the Lowell Offering, the magazine put out 
by 19th-century Lowell mill workers. Aimee, the 
narrator of the novel, lives for part of her story on 
a farm, so I read books on farming and home- 
steading. How to kill a chicken, how to insulate a 
house by digging a pit around its circumference and 
making a wall of leaves pinned down by stakes — 
"banking the house," it's called. Sometimes I set out 
to find particular pieces of knowledge, but more 
often I wandered through materials and came 

across surprises, packed little nuggets of detail — 
how people used to shine their shoes with tallow 
candles, how the loom tenders in the mill sucked 
the thread through a hole in the flying shuttle — 
which spread germs and was called the Kiss of 
Death. One day I went to the American Textile 
History Museum, where a friendly curator taught 
me how to "draw in a beam." The task, I saw, was 
difficult, complicated, tiring. The words were 
many: heddle, reed, frame, thread, eye, warp, woof. 
In my novel, Aimee becomes a drawing-in girl soon 
after she arrives at the mill. 

Ill Writing my second novel, The Honey Thief, 
I abandoned textiles and found myself obsessed 
instead with bees. Why bees? I can't say, exactly. 
Did it begin with a report I heard on the radio 
about the decline of the honeybee population, or 
with my fascination — I think I've had it forever — 
with the intricate busyness of the insect world? 
First I jotted down notes about the radio article; 
then I found a book on beekeeping at a yard sale. 
Somehow, bees took hold. A story started to emerge. 
A single mother moves from the East Village to up- 
state New York with her 1 1 -year-old daughter, who 

34 SPRING 1999 

has taken to stealing from stores; a middle-aged 
male beekeeper lives down the road. 

One hot summer day, as I walked down a resi- 
dential side street in Somerville, Massachusetts, I 
spotted — how unlikely — a beehive on the porch of 
a gray clapboard house, the bees rising, falling, 
darting, tiny specks above the hive. The screen 
door opened and a man came out. White haired 
and broad shouldered, he held a metal tool in his 
hand. I squinted at the man. He squinted back. 

"Are those really bees?" I asked stupidly from 
the sidewalk. He nodded and walked toward them, 
his shirtsleeves rolled up, his forearms bare. 

"They won't sting you?" I asked. 

He swatted at the air in front of him. "Only 
when I pester them." 

"I'm, um . . ."I could feel my skin grow hot. 
"I'm trying to write a book, actually it's a novel with 
a beekeeper in it. . . . I've been reading about bees, 
but I've never really seen a . . ." 

"A book," he said, peering at me. "Is that so?" 

He crooked his finger; I climbed halfway up the 
porch steps and stood craning my neck toward the 
hive. Without a story to lead me in, I would, I 
know, have walked right by, but the need to gather 
fodder for my novel turned me brave. Like a child 
I stood there, that first day, asking and asking while 
that kind gruff stranger began to lead me down in- 
side his world. Why? I asked. How? Why? 

Kenny Harper, Somerville beekeeper, became, 
in a funny way, my friend. He is a man in his 
seventies, a retired sheet-metal worker who took 
up beekeeping after his wife died. He is a gifted 
patient beekeeper, a gifted patient teacher, a former 
Merchant Marine who even as a boy used to sit for 
hours watching ants. He has taught me almost 
everything I know about bees, giving shape and tex- 
ture to the descriptions I first read about in books. 
Though Kenny is retired, he still works hard, tend- 
ing to his bees with an attention so steady, so daily, 
that he rarely has a need to put it into words. 

He tends to the hive on his porch and to the 
other hives he keeps in orchards in Billerica and 
Peabody He extracts honey and gives it to his 
neighbors, his children, his girlfriend, his friends. 
He sells some cases to the Syrian men who run the 
gas station down the block. Each October he sells 
his honey for three dollars a jar at the Topsfield 
Fair, where a few years ago his honey won first 
prize. The beekeeper in my novel The Honey Thief 
is named Burl. Burl is not Kenny. Burl is 42 and 
used to be a lawyer. He lives in upstate New York, 
farming his grandmother's land. She used to keep 

bees, and now he does, too. Burl is not Kenny, but 
Kenny, by sharing his work with me, has helped me 
find the words not only for what Burl does, but for 
why it matters, what it means to him. 

Hive tool, propolis, drawing out the comb. Ex- 
tractor, swarm, nuke, hive body. Varroa mite, tracheal 
mite, foulbrood, wax moths. Buckwheat, winter clus- 
ters, dry sugar feeding, bee escape. Package bees, 
uncapping knife, heat box, Starline queen. The tight 
look on Kenny's face when he discovered that he'd 
lost a hive to mites. The way he strained his best 
honey through silk instead of cheesecloth and set it 
in the window so it would catch the light. 

One day in the orchard in Billerica, Kenny 
handed me a white canvas bee suit to put on. From 
the back of his pick-up truck, he pulled out a bee 
hat and a yellow nylon veil. After I had zipped my- 
self into the suit, he wrapped string around my 
ankles and wrists. He tied the veil down so no bees 
could get in. Then he handed me a hive tool and 
lifted the lid of the hive. 

I stood there bundled and wrapped, safe and yet 
traveling — invited for a moment to lower myself 
down inside another world. A swarm of bees flew 
toward me, then away, then back. Their buzzing 
rose in pitch, a high drawn-out whine. In another 
context I might have been scared, but here, with 
Kenny standing across from me and my story wait- 
ing in the distance, I was not. Through a scrim of 
yellow veil I watched calmly, intently, and tried to 
turn my mind into a sponge. I breathed in and tried 
to hold a memory of the smell. 

Kenny showed me how to hook the L-shaped 
end of the hive tool around the wooden top of a 
honey frame. I hooked, lifted, and felt the frame 
rise. It was covered with bees, a piece of moving 
fabric. It bulged with honeycomb. The smell was of 
honey and water, dust and wax, of something moist 
and living but also old and cracked. Kenny took the 
frame from me, leaned, and pointed: pupae, larvae, 
pollen, drones, queen cells. Nurse bee, guard bee, 
worker bee, each so busy, each with its own pur- 
pose, its own concentrated, narrow sense of work. 
On the edge of the hive, a bee dragged a broken 
wing. In the middle two bees seemed to be 
wrestling — over what, I could not tell. And this, I 
asked, pointing. And this and this and this? 

Elizabeth Grave?; a Guggenheim fellow, teaches Eng- 
lish at Boston College. Her new novel, "The Honey 
Thief (Hyperion), will be published in August, as will 
the paperback edition of "Unravelling, " which was ex- 
cerpted in the Summer 1991 issue of u BCM. " 




if you can get it 



PAULA FLANAGAN '87 is a biologist and ani- 
mal behaviorist who trains dolphins. She has 
worked at the New England Aquarium and in 
Florida for the Chicago Zoological Society. 
Flanagan now offers visitors close encounters 
with dolphins at The Dolphin Connection on 
Florida's Duck Key. 

Pounds offish 

handled daily: 75 

Dolphins trained: 25 

Pilot whales rehabilitated: 5 

Her weight: 775 

A dolphin's weight: 430 

Months it takes a 

dolphin to learn a complex 

set of moves, such as a 

spin and jump: 12 


States visited in the making of 
"Motorcycle Diaries": 13 
Corporations that sponsored 
the film: 20 
Film budget: $25,000 
New scripts in development: 1 
Motorcycles available at 
the safety school: 30 
Distance from Manhattan: 
20 minutes 

DIANE HOWELLS '88 has scouted locations for 
Woody Allen and Universal Studies, produced a 
documentary film, and founded New York's 
largest state-certified motorcycle safety school. 
Motorcycle Diaries, her road movie about female 
bikers, has been shown at television industry 
events in Cannes and New Orleans and at the 
Guggenheim Museum. 

38 SPRING I''')') 

PAUL WAGNER '87 bills himself as an actor, 
writer, and director, but his bread and butter is 
creating and performing in diversity-training and 
comedy productions for corporate America. He is 
the official Reebok comic and has had roles in 
more than 250 commercials, feature films, and 
health-training videos — including an award win- 
ner in which he played a head louse. 

Personalities: 75 
Hours spent in a dress: 500 
Pairs of pumps owned: 2 
Wigs owned: 25 
Number of corporate 
presidents roasted: too 
Number of corporate presi- 
dents who have become 
irate during a performance: 2 
Frequent-flier miles 
logged: too, 000 
Largest audience: 8,500 
Smallest: 3 


Years his family has owned 
and operated "El Mundo" 
and Radiolandia: 27 
Age when he conducted his 
first Fenway interview: 12 
"El Mundo" 
circulation: 20,000 
Number of times a 
Massachusetts governor 
has been a guest on 
his radio show: 2 

ALBERT VASALLO, III '89 edits Massachusetts^ 
largest Spanish-language newspaper, El Mundo, 
hosts a drive-time call-in show for WRCA Radi- 
olandia (1330-AM, Boston), and provides Spanish- 
language broadcasts of Red Sox games. He also 
produces a Latino affairs news segment for 
Boston's Channel 7. With the help of the Red Sox, 
in 1995 Vasallo launched Latino Youth Recogni- 
tion Day, which honors 400 high-achieving 
Boston students each year. 

40 SPRING 1999 

owner and director of Bay State Ice Skating 
School, has trained generations of ice skaters on 
the 18 rinks she and her partner lease in and 
around Boston. Among her recent students are 
a 42 -year-old woman who wants to play hockey, a 
seven-year-old Wayne Gretzky fan, and a father- 
daughter figure-skating pair. 

Years in the business: 30 
Hours logged on the 
ice each year: 930 
Part-time skating instructors 
employed: 120 
Students taught each 
year: 5, 000 

Age of her two children when 
they started to skate: 2 
Age of the oldest student: 
late sixties 






TrlC riSC O1 the Nike, the company known for its 

, . motto "Just Do It," is living up to 

virtual company its name A $ 5 _ Di n ion compan y 

making almost half a billion dol- 
lars in profits, Nike rules the lucrative world of sneakers. But Nike does 
not employ a single worker who makes shoes. 

A new class of global contract workers produces Nike's sneakers. While 
it announced a new policy in 1998, Nike, in the early and mid-1990s, 
contracted mainly with Indonesian and Vietnamese suppliers, who pay 
young girls and women about $1 to $2 a day to make its footwear — not 
enough, according to government sources, to keep them adequately fed. 
In 1992 Nike paid Michael Jordan more for helping market its shoes than 
the total it paid 75,000 of its Indonesian contractors. The workers are 
forced to work overtime; they have no right to strike and no union to rep- 
resent them. In 1997 Thuyen Nguyen, founder of Vietnam Labor Watch, 


reported that "supervisors humiliate women, force 
them to kneel, to stand in the hot sun, treating them 
like recruits to boot camp." 

Nike is a model of the new virtual corporation 
that solves the old problem of labor in a new way. 
While it does have a few thousand employees — 
all in management, design, and sales — Nike has 
contracted out all employment in its core line of 
business. The virtual company is a jobless company. 
As such, it is practicing job genocide, a strategy for 
cutting costs and ending long-term corporate 
obligations to employees by getting rid of jobs as 
we know them. 

While downsizing and automation have brought 
a great deal of attention to job displacement, these 
are only symptoms of a far more profound change. 
"What is disappearing," writes the organizational 
theorist William Bridges, "is not just a certain num- 
ber of jobs — or jobs in certain industries or jobs in 
some part of the country or even jobs in America as 
a whole. What is disappearing is the very thing 
itself: the job. That much sought after, much ma- 
ligned social entity, a job, is vanishing like a species 
that has outlived its evolutionary time." 

The end of the job is not, however, a product of 
natural evolution but part of an evolving corporate 
strategy that has more ambitious aims than global 
competitiveness. The full-time permanent job be- 
came the focal point in the New Deal for building 
a labor movement, regulating the company, and 
vesting workers with legal rights tied to full-time 
work. This approach to the social contract, based 
on the assumption that most families would be sup- 
ported by one full-time wage earner, continued to 
guide labor law until the present day. Conventional 
full-time employment remains today the key 
institution protected by the social contract. 

As long as conventional jobs prevailed, it was 
difficult for corporations to free themselves from 
the constraints imposed by both unions and gov- 
ernment. The shift toward contract labor is a 
brilliant maneuver designed to evade the social con- 
tract. Without an employment structure based on 
conventional jobs, workers lose their rights, unions 
lose their organizing power, and government's abil- 
ity to protect workers is in limbo. Contract or 
"virtual" workers have little meaningful protection 
under most federal laws governing unionization, 
collective bargaining, wages and working condi- 
tions, discrimination, occupational safety, family 
and medical leave, or pension and health benefits. 

Critics tend to assume that companies shifting 
toward contract labor are just out to save a buck, 

mainly on health care and other fringe-benefit costs. 
The underlying corporate benefits and motives are 
more far-reaching. Contract labor is a systemic as- 
sault on America's jMagna Carta of worker rights: 
the 1935 Wagner Act, which guaranteed the right to 
unionize and bargain collectively, and the Fair Labor 
Standards Act of 1937, which governs wages and 
working conditions. Both acts remain on the books, 
but the shift toward contract labor will make them ir- 
relevant for millions of 2 lst-century workers. 

Temporary and leased workers are in name still 
protected, since they can claim their temping or leas- 
ing agencies are legally designated employers who 
must respect their rights to unionization, the mini- 
mum wage, and nondiscrimination. But because the 
agencies do not determine their actual conditions of 
work and because the constantly changing corpora- 
tions in which they work bear no legal liability for 
violating their rights, such protections are almost 
meaningless in practice. Temp workers are so widely 
dispersed and turn over so rapidly that it would be 
nearly impossible to determine who would qualify or 
vote in a certification election for a union at Man- 
power, much as it would be an impossible task for 
union organizers even to identify and locate the 
temps themselves. Similarly, compliance with over- 
time or antidiscrimination laws theoretically could 
be facilitated by the temporary or leasing agency, but 
the transience of the workforce and the inability of 
the agencies to determine workplace conditions 
make both monitoring and enforcement an increas- 
ingly remote prospect. 

Although the shift to contract labor effectively 
ends the New Deal social contract for millions of 
workers, the change cannot be read as purely a mat- 
ter of conspiratorial strategic planning by fearless 
corporations. Several studies have suggested that 
such contingent arrangements have evolved in a far 
more ad hoc fashion in many companies, driven by 
unanticipated budgetary pressures or scheduling 
problems. In an early 1980s study, Richard Belous 
found that lower-level managers in supermarkets, 
factories, and department stores frequently experi- 
mented with temporary labor or contract workers 
to resolve such problems, without any guidance 
from senior managers, many of whom had no idea 
how many of their workers were contingent — nor 
any theory of how many should be. Only in the 
1990s, as the radical expansion of their numbers 
made contingent workers a public issue, did most 
corporations begin to think systematically about 
how to restructure their labor markets and con- 
sciously design a new model of work organization. 

44 SPRING 1999 

Today, as many corporations have 
moved opportunistically and with 
greater formal planning to consoli- 
date contingent arrangements in 
their own interests, corporate moti- 
vations cannot be reduced to a sim- 
ple formula. Nonetheless, the effect 
has been a radical transformation of 
the New Deal employee social pro- 
tections, and a systematic shift in 
risks from companies to workers. 

Nike's approach to job geno- 
cide — the replacement of workers 
with contractors — is becoming 
commonplace. While a relatively small number 
of corporations — such as Bugle Boy, which makes 
almost none of its clothes, and Mattel, Inc., which 
manufactures few of its toys — have joined Nike 
among the fully virtual corporations, it is hard to 
find a major corporation in America that is not 
contracting out jobs in large numbers. Many air- 
lines contract out their cleaning and repair 
work, computer companies make only a fraction of 
their electrical components, and auto companies 
contract out from 30 percent to 50 percent of 
their subassembly supply production. In Brazil 
Volkswagen has created the world's first virtual 
auto manufacturing plant: a VW plant operated 
completely by contractors, without a single VW 
employee. All functions in the plant, from sweep- 
ing the floor to line assembly to management 
itself, are carried out by other companies that 
bring in their own help. 

In some occupations almost all workers have 
been turned into contractors — for instance, securi- 
ty guards and janitors. Millions of secretaries, 
data-entry clerks, cashiers, salespeople, and other 
employees have suffered the same fate. Editors, 
engineers, and even doctors are joining the ranks, 
and Microsoft is moving, along with other high- 
tech companies, to contract out thousands of 
highly skilled computer-software jobs. In 1995 
there were more than 225 American companies 
specializing in professional and high-tech contract 
services for corporate giants such as Microsoft 
and IBM. Nationally, about one in every 10 work- 
ers is outsourced — the new corporate lingo for 
contract employment. 

"The reason business executives outsource," 
says economist Lester Thurow, "is because they 
can't look a janitor who's been with them for 15 
years in the eye and explain why he'll earn $6 and 
get no medical benefits going forward, rather than 

"The reason business executives outsource is 
because they can't look a janitor who's been with 
them for 1 5 years in the eye and explain why 
he'll earn $6 and get no medical benefits going 
forward, rather than the $12 he now gets 
with the same medical benefits as the company's 
vice president." 

the $12 he now gets with the same medical benefits 
as the company's vice president." By going virtual, 
however, the company saves more than the cost of 
health care. It gains access to a full spectrum of new 
labor strategies that the New Deal had outlawed. 
It can refuse to pay benefits, disregard the rights 
of workers to organize, and in some cases opt for 
sweatshop labor at home or child labor abroad. 
The Internal Revenue Service recognizes that cor- 
porations are reclassifying millions of domestic 
employees as independent contractors to avoid 
paying Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, 
and disability taxes, and is now going after some of 
these companies as tax dodgers. The government is 
also showing broader concerns about the use of 
foreign contractors, who may be convict labor in 
China or toddlers in Guatemala. 

Contractors constitute only one category of the 
virtual workers who make up America's new con- 
tingent labor force. The others include roughly 3 
million temps; a million leased workers, who — like 
temps — are rented by the hour, day, week, or 
month; and nearly 25 million part-time workers. 
Collectively, contingent workers now make up be- 
tween one-fourth and one-third of all American 
workers. "If there was a national fear index," says 
economist Richard Belous about these new charter 
members of the anxious class, "it would be directly 
related to the growth of contingent work." 

Not all these workers are paid badly; the most 
skilled can get substantially higher wages than their 
conventional counterparts. And the proliferation of 
part-timers reflects a growing demand by employ- 
ees — including many women seeking to balance 
work and family — for nontraditional jobs. Corpora- 
tions have argued that contingent labor is driven bv 
the needs of the new workforce as much as by cor- 
porate profit. While the percentage of involuntary 
part-timers is growing dramatically, suggesting that 


many contingent workers seek conventional 
employment, the social need for flexible schedules 
and nontraditional employment is real. But the 
new jobs strip workers of traditional benefits and 
substitute flexibility without commitment. They 
are off the corporate map, and the company is free 
to treat them as disposable. One scholar describes 
contingent work as "the workforce equivalent of 
the one-night stand." Few contingent workers 
enjoy the rights and protections that 50 years of 
labor law and collective bargaining secured for 
America's corporate employees. 

Companies such as NYNEX — which merged 
with Bell Atlantic into one of die biggest telecom- 
munications companies in the world — are half-vir- 
tual, typical of corporate profiles in America today. 
Full-time NYNEX employees are paid $19 an hour 
with good benefits, but they work shoulder to shoul- 
der with temps and contractors who receive 
$8 an hour and no benefits. NYNEX denies it is 
exploiting its new virtual workers, saying they are 
getting a competitive rate in the current market. 
When NYNEX replaced 16,000 additional full-time 
jobs with temps or contractors in 1996, it tested 
how far it can push a contract-labor strategy without 
destroying the morale of its permanent employees. 

United Parcel Service is going further, mas- 
sively replacing its full-timers with second-tier 
part-timers. The huge national strike against UPS 
in 1997 symbolized the national anxiety about the 
elimination of middle-class jobs and the shift 
toward contract and part-time work at major cor- 
porations. More than 60 percent of all UPS jobs 
are now part-time, including 80 percent of the new 
UPS jobs created in the last four years. Kate Bron- 
fenbrenner, a labor scholar at Cornell University, 
says, "The situation at UPS represents the dark 
side of job creation: jobs where you work fewer 
than 20 hours a week, that have completely irregu- 
lar hours, and that disappear after three months." 
Many of these "part-time" jobs involve more than 
35 hours a week but are paid at about $9 an hour, 
compared with $19.95 lor full-timers doing the 
same work. Said one union organizer, "UPS wants 
throwaway jobs that no one can live on." 

One of the UPS part-timers, Leatha Hendricks, 
36, expressed the general mood of both full- and 
part-timers: UPS doesn't "even look at workers as 
human beings anymore. My name is Leatha, but to 
them I'm just a machine. All they care is that 
you've got some strength in your back. And when 
your back goes out of whack it's over. You're gone." 

Most are gone soon. Of the 180,000 part-timers 
hired in 1996, only 40,000 remained in 1997, the 
rest too transient to qualify for benefits. Part- 
timers may seem less new and exotic than leased or 
contract workers, but they are no less disposable. 

Industrial relations expert Harley Shaiken notes 
that UPS, an industry leader with more than $1 
billion in profits in 1996, is pioneering one of the 
new models of work: "Over the last five years part- 
time work has shifted from being an occasional 
strategy to being a way of life at UPS. That's 
why there is the anger right now. For UPS workers 
it represents, in effect, a hidden downsizing." 
Economist John Schmitt comments, "You have a 
company that is a textbook example of the new 
economy, a service-sector industry that's highly 
computerized, that's based on information, organi- 
zation, and smarts. If this kind of company cannot 
offer workers middle-class wages, that's a bad omen 
for the future." UPS gives the country a glimpse of 
how the new virtual corporation will work. 

Even for the millions of Americans — particu- 
larly women with young children — who desire 
part-time work, the UPS-style mass conversion to a 
part-time workforce is devastating, since it allows 
the company legally to wipe out the economic and 
social protections in the old social contract. As Chris 
Tilly, an expert on contingent labor, observes: "It is 
against the law to discriminate against women and 
people of color," who are the majority of contingent 
workers. But once they are contingent, such corpo- 
rate discrimination magically becomes legal. "It is 
not against the law to pay part-timers halt the hourly 
wage of full-time workers, or to deny them standard 
fringe benefits that are available to other workers, or 
to bar them from opportunities for promotion." 
The task at UPS, as in the nation, is both to add 
many more full-time jobs and to create a new legal 
framework to ensure that all employees are protect- 
ed equally under a fair social contract. This hardly 
requires the elimination of all part-time jobs, but 
means aborting the emerging two-tier system of 
rights and benefits that threatens the solidarity and 
organizing power of labor and the well-being of all 
working Americans. 

Charles Derber is a professor of sociology at Boston Col- 
lege and the author of "The Wilding of America. " From 
the book "Corporation Nation: How Corporations Are 
Taking Over Our Lives and What We Can Do About 
It. " Copyright ©1998 by Charles Derber. Reprinted by 
airangejnent with St. Martin s Press, Inc. 

46 SPRING 1999 


Work in process 


The road ducked away from South 
Carolina Highway 17, wound 
through a trailer park, and disap- 
peared into pines along the intra- 

coastal waterway. The November needle-matted ground steamed from 

the early sun. I drove out of the trees and into a clearing dotted with 

boats derelict and in dry dock, their prows mustached with the rust 

of the Waccamaw River. A small shop stood closest to the water, 

and a long separate shed emerged 

perpendicular to it at a distance of 

roughly 1 5 paces, extended but not 

connected, as though together they 

formed a broken T. 
Hague Marina it was called. By 

some stroke of fortune (though I 

am unwilling to say whether it was 

good or bad), I was showing up for 

my first day of work. I would be paid $5 an nom- 
as a laborer in the yard assisting any painters, 
carpenters, or mechanics who needed it, and doing 
the type of unskilled tasks that boatyards con- 
sider unbillable. Twenty-three years old, a degree 
in philosophy, wanting to be a writer more 
than make a fortune, this was a winter stop I 
was forced to accept in my self-employed jaunts 
by boat up and down the coast. Like a traveler stuck 

in a foreign land, I hunkered down in the South. 

Good company welcomed me, though. This was 
the land of William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, 
the tragic West Virginian Breece D'J Pancake, 
whose stories I loved, and the poet James Dickey 
(at that time living in Columbia, South Carolina, to 
the west). I'll live and work here, and at night I'll 
write, I figured. The laborer's work outside on the 
fecund ground would create its own writer's work 
inside, and I would find, as Milton said of Adam, "a 
Paradise within thee, happier far." Perhaps too the 
work and the men who did it would introduce me 
to a trade, and I could balance the education by 
books I had just completed with one I might yet 
begin with my hands. 

I ripped up rotten boards from a diesel dock; the 
carpenter replaced diem. I stripped barnacles and 
loose paint from the bottom of a trawler; a painter 
provided the finish. I tore the inside of a sport- 
fishing boat down to its cracked hull stringers; a 
shipwright refastened her. Mine was an artistry 
of separateness, or so I told myself for months as I 
returned day after day to the tedious work placed 
in my hands because they were hands that could 
not produce or repair anything. But I must be pa- 
tient to learn, I resolved. Apprenticeship is as much 


a matter of time spent as it is skill acquired. I should 
not expect to do in months what had taken these 
men years. 

Work — real work — is measured in worth. A dif- 
ferent time, a different disposition might have 
allowed me to be content with sweeping up after 
the men who plied their trades around me. But my 
questions were rebuffed, my interest and idealism 
the object of jokes and scorn. That in itself, howev- 
er, was not impossible to take. My fall came when I 
realized that diese men despised their jobs, hated 
their work because in it they saw only toil; in it they 
could measure no worth save what money they 
made. That I might want to learn what they knew 
made me contemptible, naive, an educated man 
who would choose to be poor; for that reason I was 
a fool. With every breath they exhaled their disdain 
like smoke and invective. Separateness won out 
over artistry and I began to wither from the acedia 
of the place. 

One day in late February the boss asked me to 
make a delivery in one of the yard's pickup trucks to 
a local machine shop. The only truck available was 
one that usually had to be coaxed — bribed almost — 
into starting. That day, however, it was beyond 
repair. I walked back into the office to tell the man 
who'd hired me that the Chevy wouldn't start. 

"Why aren't you gone?" he asked in his usual in- 
solent tone. 

"Truck won't turn over," I said. "I think it's the 
distributor cap." 

"Yeah?" he said. "Well, I don't pay you to think. 
Get another set of keys and get on down to 
that store." 

I just stood there; I didn't feel anger so much as 
I felt awakened. Then I put the work order on the 
counter and walked in the direction opposite of 
where they kept a wall of boat, truck, and automo- 
bile keys. 

"Hey, son," he called after me, "where the hell 
you goin'?" 

"I think," I said, "I just quit." And I walked out, 
half expecting a hammer or some chrome-plated 
piece of marine hardware to come sailing through 
the air at my head. Outside a mean-spirited cabi- 
netmaker just hired argued with an awl-grip painter 
about who should be allowed to begin his job first. 
I moved past the Chevy, its hood still open as 
though yawning with boredom at the struggles of 
men, jumped into my car, turned the engine over, 
and drove away. 

But that's not what happened. He did say, "I 
don't pay you to think," and I did stand silently, 

awakened, but that brief moment in which one 
believes liberation can come only with a radical and 
jarring exercise of free will was replaced with the low 
hum of voices that jockeyed for my attention: the 
rent check, food, gasoline, repairs on the same vehi- 
cle that just moments before had promised to get me 
out of here. The next day I gave my two weeks' no- 
tice, considered the extra $300 (after taxes) a king's 
ransom, and unheroically left Hague Marina. 

In the spring of that year, still longing to do some- 
thing that was worth the name of "work," I moved to 
Cape Cod at the prompting of my older brother, and 
began an apprenticeship of sorts as a yacht rigger at 
MacDougals' Cape Cod Marine on Falmouth Har- 
bor. There, finally, for what amounted to a stint of 
about a year and a half, I can say I worked. 

My boss was a bearded bass-voiced guy 

who grew up on the North Shore, spent time in the 
Coast Guard with my brother, and had moved from 
the yard across the harbor to MacDougals' as the 
rigger. His name was Mark Tremblay; he was the 
best teacher Fve ever had. I started with a tool belt of 
the most basic necessities: screwdriver, measuring 
tape, knife, sockets, pliers, and a small ball peen 
hammer. Summer was coming on, something of a 
reprieve time for a rigger. Spring and fall are the 
high-volume seasons; everyone wants his boat in or 
out of the water. Summer is a time for on-the-spot 
repairs, tuning, or making up replacement hardware. 
It took three months to learn my way around the 
boats, the yard, and the now-growing number of 
tools I was collecting: splice kits, sail palms and nee- 
dles, taps and die. I was also watching and being 
watched by the other men who worked there. No 
one really said much to me. 

In those slower summer afternoons Mark took 
the time to teach me how to splice rope and line; 
I learned how to swage and nicro-press fittings 
onto wire; I learned how to measure for, build, and 
install sail-furling systems; and I practiced the deli- 
cate art of mounting and removing hardware on 
the water, aloft in a bosun's chair. It was as if Mark 
believed — remarkably it seemed to me — that in this 
world of labor, artistry, common sense, and a view 
of the final product are a man's three greatest nat- 
ural resources. Four, if you include a pair of hands. 

When fall came and the summer help went back 
to school, I stayed. I was sure I was getting sized up 
as just another kid who wouldn't last a season. 
Decommissioning season begins in mid-September. 
Each day is a constant drill of disassembling boats, 

SPRING 1999 

storing masts, making notes of needed repairs for 
work in the winter. There is little opportunity for 
artistry but much demand for common sense. 

I won't romanticize the place; boatyards are no 
way to make a fortune. Yet more than geography 
separated this boatyard from the one at which I'd 
worked in the South. On the Cape I lived within a 
culture of boats. Men were respected for what they 
knew about boats, and they sought specialties in 
engine repair, electronics, or rigging just as a physi- 
cian would choose an area of medicine or a lawyer 
an area of law. And from these men, with some of 
whom I had only an employer in common, I 
learned what work is; not what lucrative work is, 
but what meaningful work is. The difference be- 
tween the so-called work I had done at Hague 
Marina and the work I was doing here was clearer 
to me than open water. It was the difference be- 
tween toil and creativity. 

During Christmas of that year I took a week off 

and went out to California to visit my sister. After 
New Year's I came back to work, walked into the 
office where they kept the time clock, punched it, 
and heard my name drawled out with a down east 
accent. One of the haulers, a slow-moving but de- 
cisive Vineyarder who had been working on boats 
three days before water, asked me how my holiday 
had been. I turned around to see if he was really 
talking to me, so accustomed was I to walking into 
that room every morning invisible or ignored, 
never speaking to anyone. He waited for me to 
answer. I told him it was a good one, that I enjoyed 
the time with my sister and her husband, but that 
California could be pretty damn cold in December. 
"Not like here," he said. "Been colda than a well 
digger's ass." I laughed. "But I'm glad to be back," 
I added as casually as possible, retreating into 
a long sip of coffee. "Glad to have you back," he 
said, and fairly ghosted out the door into January. 
After a year and a half at MacDougals' I left the 


And how does identity emerge if not 
through work, through disparate tasks some- 
how productive, failed attempts — sometimes 
mortally — that possess some generative 
meaning, and finally the awareness that we 
are not the task or trade but the gradual 
unfolding of a person. 

boatyard for a writing program in New York City. 
Given the relatively short length of my stay, I can- 
not say properly that I learned the riggers trade. 
Still, as though he knew that I would serve and be 
served better in a world where words were the stock 
on which I worked, my boss and teacher supported 
the decision, said I would probably write no matter 
how I drew my pay, but that doing one thing 
full-time if you loved it was the only way to justify 
getting out of bed every morning. 

I remember that last day. The yard manager 
gave me a check for an amount I would have 
accumulated had I been given a raise in pay; my 
brother, also a rigger, presenting finger-less gloves 
to me in August, joked that I'd need them in the 
winter to hold subway tokens just as I'd used finger- 
less gloves here to free shackles and bolts when it 
was freezing. In the afternoon Mark, my brother, 
and I took a boat we'd been working on out for a 
sail, checking its tuning like a mechanic checks an 
engine's timing; then we just let her cruise. 

What is WOrk that it might give meaning 
to the rigger and the writer, the builder and the 
poet? Work that is productive or creative is not 
necessarily work that strives for some prelapsarian 
perfection. Work, the author of Genesis assured, is 
not the curse of the fall — sweat is. Work is what 
brings us back to an understanding of ourselves and 
our relationship with God. For in the tilling (avodah 
in the Hebrew) of the ground (adamah), Adam finds 
in that ground his name, his very self. 

Catholicism understands work as a restorer of 
dignity after the shame of the sin. The dignity 
of work rests in its capacity to effect an imitation 
of Christ, the new Adam. Work is not what we do 

for salvation but rather how we 
might come to understand salva- 
tion. We work our earthly adamah, 
often in suffering, as Christ worked 
the ground of our salvation so that 
suffering would be no more. Vatican 
II entreated "those who engage in 
human work, often of a heavy kind," 
to "perfect themselves through it to 
help their fellow citizens, and pro- 
mote the betterment of the whole 
of human society and the whole of 
creation. . . [T]hey should imitate 
Christ who plied his hands with 
carpenter's tools and is always work- 
ing with the Father for the salvation of all." For that 
reason, work defines the human person. It is a duty 
that "honors the Creator's gifts and the talents 
received from Him." And it is redemptive, "a way of 
animating earthly realities with the Spirit of Christ." 
When work is simplv toil, however — that is, when 
the person becomes a means to an end that may 
only tangentially (if at all) serve him — it is a frag- 
mented, unredemptive task. In what Marx called 
"alienated labor," the worker whose labor is seen 
only as a commodity moves through four moments 
of increasing separation from product, activity, com- 
munity, and finally the self. In his metaphor of the 
lord and bondsman, Hegel asserted that although 
the lord is in a position to be feared, his idleness cre- 
ates a spiritual poverty, while the bondsman through 
work grows in skill and knowledge, not just of the 
task at hand but of his own self. Through work one 
becomes conscious of who he truly is. 

The Protestant work ethic, which has its roots in 
the Reformation belief that a layman's work could 
be as holy as the monk's, adds a moral twist to what 
would be the fruits of labor. A man who works re- 
ceives wealth, a blessing or favor from God. A man 
who labors a great deal and still strains under the 
yoke of poverty is not so much caught in a dynam- 
ic of class as he is guilty of some sin that has not yet 
been brought to light; it is manifested in the labor 
that affords no blessing of wealth and presumably 
never will. With that twist we see work's darker 
underbelly. The poor are not just those whom 
we will always have with us. Rather, in this calcu- 
lus of morality and labor, the poor may not be 
favored by God for reasons only they and their 
creator know. 

The Roman poet Virgil, far from the philosophy 
and theology of modernity, called it labor improbus in 

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his poem The Georgia: damned hard work. It is hu- 
mankind's contract with existence that "stands un- 
changed / Since Deucalion threw stones into the 
empty world / And men rose up and entered on their 
hard lives. / To work then!" Virgil believed that the 
Roman Empire crumbling in his time suffered as 
much from "the countryman ignorant of the land he 
works" as it did from political and moral dissolution. 
It is not the strength of an empire that determines 
what an acre of land or a flock of sheep is worth. 
Rather, what the land yields and what a flock of 
sheep are worth is what determines the worth and 
strength of the empire. When pruning hooks are 
"beaten into swords," and "the plough dishonored," 
the empty fields portray a moral as well as agrarian 
waste. Had The Georgics been simply a handbook for 
farmers, it would be unknown today. Plenty of poor 
imitations are strewn along the path of 18th-century 
English literature. Virgil survives, I think, because 
The Georgics is as much a poem about poetry as it is 
about vines and animal husbandry. Virgil used the 
metaphor of work to write about his own work, the 
work of making, the work of poietes. He does that 
damned hard work damned well. 

In the last book Norman Maclean wrote 
before he died, Young Men and Fire, he tells 
the story of 15 U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers 
in Montana, who in 1 949 faced a wall of fire moving 
up a hillside with the speed of a train. Twelve died 
in mid-stride; two outran the blowup; one survived 
by laying down in a fire of his own making, giving 
the fire in pursuit nothing on which to feed. Maclean 
knew the Forest Service, he knew the forest in 
Montana, and he knew fire. When he takes up the 
subject of work, he too is motivated by the shared 
experiences of work and "making." When Maclean 
writes of work he is writing about self-identity. 

In notes discovered after his death, Maclean 
wrote that "the problem of self-identity is not just 
a problem for the young. It is a problem all the 
time. Perhaps the problem. It should haunt old 
age, and when it no longer does it should tell you 
that you are dead." He grappled finally with the 
question — a writer in old age — by telling the story 
of "young men whose lives I might have lived on 
their way to death." Like Virgil, Maclean seems al- 
most duty bound to tell this story about the work of 
others, to tell it well, and to find at the heart of the 
"making" his very self. 

And how does identity emerge if not through 

work, through disparate tasks somehow productive, 
failed attempts — sometimes mortally — that possess 
some generative meaning, and finally the awareness 
that we are not the task or trade but the gradual un- 
folding of a person. Creation is a process, ground 
continually turned under; meaning rests in the mak- 
ing as much in what has been made. Perhaps only 
this can be said about work: that it is the story of our 
becoming, even as it draws us toward our end. 

Once on a visit to the Cape, I dropped in on 
Mark, my boss from MacDougals'. He doesn't 
work on the harbor anymore, and he and his wife 
have moved into a house with land that fronts a 
river. I caught him just about to row out to retrieve 
a raft that had gotten loose in a late-season storm, 
and was hung up on a sandbar where Perch Pond 
opens to Vineyard Sound. "I could use the help," he 
said, so I climbed aboard the small lithe skiff he was 
going to use for the towing. The tide was ebbing; 
the ride back, attached to a raft of boards and Sty- 
rofoam floats, would be work. I practiced some 
knots while we caught up on our lives; the sky blan- 
keted us with a light rain. When we got to where the 
raft was we saw that eelgrass had kept the pontoons 
out of the sand, so it would be easy enough to drag. 
I tied the near side off to a line crossing the stern 
of the skiff in a bridle, then stepped up and through 
a rotten board. "It's repairable," Mark said, and I 
wondered whedier he meant the raft or me. He 
tugged twice to swing the bow around, motioned 
me back in, then slowly began drawing the hulk 
from its rest. 

As we rowed back I thought about those days 
when I was the rigger's apprentice, where I learned 
the importance of the knot. That work derived a 
certain order and meaning from the wrap, tuck, and 
cinch of line against line to stand, tow, trim, and set. 
I have searched for that order within me. I've 
watched storms release moorings, push others back 
to shore, the whims of nature's antagonists and in- 
tercessors battling against each other in their own 
work of retrieval and of loss, and still my work be- 
comes this: Under icy water I anchored the raft — a 
vessel I possess only in its retrieving — again to the 
place from which it had broken free, my hands 
tightening each shackle to the submerged, rusting 
chain. Then, secured, tested, trusting what strength 
we had given it, he decided to keep that beat-up 
wooden raft another season. 

A writer and a teacher, Andrew Rrivak lives in Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts. 



The view from 
the finish line 


'ITllll v OrC For 10 years, beginning in 1980, Yen 
Tse Feng, 16, was the librarian of Harvard College — the first 
woman to hold the job. Bom in Beijing, Feng came to the Unit- 
ed States in 1946 with a degree from the University of Shanghai 
to study for her master's degree in English literature at Colorado 
State College. She went on to the University of Denver, where she 
earned a doctorate in international relations in 1953. She ac- 
quired a master of science in library service from. Columbia Uni- 
versity in 1955 and her U.S. citizenship in 1961. An animated 
woman who radiates what can only be termed a youthful glow, 
Y.T., as she likes to be called, was responsible for 61 libraries at 
Harvard. They include the Widener and more than 1.3 million 
volumes, about 2 million of which were added on her watch. She 
retired as the Roy E. Larson Librarian of Harvard College in 
1990. Feng was named a trustee of Boston College in 1985 and 
since 1993 has been a trustee associate. 

Y.T. Feng In this country you start working so early. 
My first real job was as a student assistant in the li- 
brary at the University of Denver. I was already 27. 
I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had no plans. 

When I was younger, I wanted to be a foreign 
correspondent. It sounded so glamorous. But I 
write slowly. And I am not brave. My gift is I know 
my limitations. 

My mother never went to school — she had pri- 
vate tutors — so she wanted her children to go to 
school as much as they could, as long as they could. 
She believed that schooling meant to study or learn 

something you knew nothing about. I studied in- 
ternational relations because I never was interested 
in politics growing up. By chance I ran into a pro- 
fessor of international relations, and he suggested 
I take a course. And I said, "Aha, I know nothing 
about it, why don't I?" Then I began to like it. 
Totally unplanned. I think I liked library 
work because I hadn't been a so-called 
great reader. The world of books was 
something new to me. 

I worked in Widener, where there are 
more than 3 million volumes in the stacks. 
I like many things, many people, many 
places, but there is nothing like the stacks 
of Widener. Sometimes I don't even have 
to read; I just go in and inhale. I really miss 
just walking through the stacks. 

I think there is nothing worse than hav- 
ing work be your whole life — particularly 
if you like your work. You become both 
possessive and possessed, and then you're 
not really helpful to it. When I started at 
Widener, I loved to be there every day, 
Saturday and so forth. At the time I wasn't 
married. And I remember vividly one day 
when somebody moved a chair one way or 
the other, and I was just so upset about it. And I 
thought, "There is such a stereotype of a little old 
lady librarian, and it's me." You are better for your 
job if you have interests beyond it. Life is multifac- 
eted; our minds ought to be eclectic. 

I decided to retire in 1990 — a good round num- 
ber. My husband retired, so I thought we could 
grow old together. I was looking forward to it. The 
first week I felt very weird. I couldn't express it — 
what was wrong or what was right. I wasn't feeling 
miserable; I was just a little bit confused. And I said, 
"Aha, this is the postretirement trauma." Monday, 


52 SPRING 1999 

Living is work. I guess work should have a method, an approach. But successful work is when you don't have to think, "I'm applying a 
method; I have a goal." It comes naturally, it becomes what you want to do, it becomes living. 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — come Friday it 
suddenly hit me, I knew what happened: When you 
are retired, every evening is Friday evening and 
Friday evening, of course, had been my favorite be- 
cause you have Saturday to look forward to. That's 
what retirement is. Every evening is Friday 
evening. And I love it. 

There wasn't a single day that I didn't like my 
job, but I enjoy another thing very much: just doing 
nothing, absolutely nothing. You sit still and don't 
even think. It is an art, in the sense that you have to 
learn to do it. Maybe initially you have to force 
yourself to learn, but the final achievement is not 
even to force it. You just be totally with yourself 

and then you be yourself. It's a wonderful feeling. 
And retirement affords you that luxury. 

Actually, I'm not doing enough of that these 
days because I also get caught up in the many 
things one can do. And I realize that when the en- 
ergy decreases there are just a certain amount of 
years when you can still do them. 

I was auditing law courses at BC Law School for 
the past couple of years, so I could read a newspaper 
more intelligently. I wanted a citizen's knowledge of 
the law — not a lawyer's. And I audited a course on 
the Old Testament at the Weston School of Theolo- 
gy, again because I knew nothing about it. I used to 
tell people, "No, I can't do anything because I have 


the Ten Commandments in the morning and the 
First Amendment in the afternoon." 

Work is applying your attention and energy. 
Living is work. I guess work should have a method, 
an approach. But successful work is when you don't 
have to think, "I'm applying a method; I have a 
goal." It comes naturally, it becomes what you want 
to do, it becomes living. To maintain ourselves, 
breathing in and breathing out — that's work. 
Pumping the blood every day, it's hard work. But 
we don't think about it. 

When you have a job that doesn't suit you, the 
poor job is being badly done. We should be very 
pleased if we are good for the job as well as the job 
is good for us. And thank goodness we are so dif- 
ferent that not everyone needs to have the same 
job. It's very selfish of me just to try to meet my 
own curiosities and interests. But I'm sort of insa- 
tiable in knowing something that I didn't know. I 
try to know a little about more and more, which, 
actually, is a librarian's obligation. 


At the age of 86, Herbert A. Kenny has been 
retired — but scarcely idle — for 24 years. A newspaperman with a 
career spanning some 45 years at the "Boston Post" and the 
"Boston Globe," Kenny's publications since retirement include 
children s books ("Alistare Owl"), poetry ("Sonnets to the Virgin 
Mary"), histoiy ("Newspaper Row: Journalism in the Pre-Tele- 
vision Era"), and surveys of the arts abroad ("Literary Dublin, " 
"Israel and the Arts"). He has completed a translation of Dante's 
"Divine Comedy, " and his local histoiy, "Cape Ann: Cape Amer- 
ica" has just been reissued. A mild, owlish man, Kenny is a 1934 
graduate of Boston College, where he was both president of the 
student council and captain of the fencing team. 

Herbert A. Kenny The first time anything of mine 
was published was in my second year of high 
school — St. Mary's High School in Brookline had a 
little publication. I think it was some sort of essay 
about Thanksgiving. Then I transferred to BC 
High and wrote there. My father was a lawyer, and 
it occurred to me at one time to follow in his foot- 
steps. But I was never really interested in that. I 
continued to write, out of some instinct I suppose. 
I never thought of it, particularly. I drifted, I just 
drifted. I'm happy to drift to this day. 

When I was in college I became the Boston Post 
correspondent. In those days all newspapers had 
college correspondents. I got the assignment because 
I was editor of the Heights, the school paper. Then 
after graduation I went to work for the Post. 

I was what they called a stringer — I got paid by 
the amount that I published. Later I was a reporter, 
and I was a rewrite man for years, rewriting every- 
body else's copy and putting stories together under 
deadline pressure. I wrote millions of words, I sup- 
pose, at high speed. I ended up as night city editor 
until the Post went out of business in 1956. 

At the Globe I was an editorial writer, and then 
they made me editor for the arts and humanities 
and then book editor. Almost all newspaper jobs in- 
terested me. But I was happy to do that one. It's a 
nice job, book editor, if you like books. I love 
books. I love authors. I like the whole business. 

I think the newspaper business is changing rapid- 
ly. When I was editing diere was more emphasis on 
news than on features. I regret the absence of verse 
or poetry in the New York Times and Globe. The 
Times used to publish a poem a day. And so did the 
Herald Tribune — as I remember, more than one a day. 
I'm not as great a reader of papers as I used to be. 
Haven't got the time. 

I don't really miss the business particu- 
larly. I certainly don't miss going in there 
and wrestling with deadlines and hassling 
with people. I miss the companionship. It's 
an old newspaper gag: "You're in the news- 
paper business? You must meet such 
interesting people!" And the answer is, "Yes, 
I do, and they're all newspaper people." I 
have a lot of friends among them still. 

I didn't retire in 1975; I just changed my 
center of operation. I stopped writing for 
the Globe, but I think I published a dozen or 
so books after the Globe. A writer — that's all 
I am. I've written 1 5 books. I have written 
more than 15, but 15 have been published. 
Every day I give some thought to writing, and I give 
some thought to improving what I've written and to 
writing something new. And I probably do write a 
few words every day. I have a novel coming out this 
summer called Paddy Madigan: An Irish Idyll. That 
will be my first book of adult fiction. I'm happy 
about it. I've written a book on Boston, which is in 
the hands of an agent — Boston Bedside Book. It's an an- 
thology. I might write some memoirs about people 
I've known and met. I just wrote an article about 
Robert Frost. I've been trying to get my Dante in 
order. It's been published on tape. I wrote it to be re- 
cited orally, but I'd like to see it in print. 

Dr. Johnson said that nobody but a blockhead 
writes except for money. I made my living by writ- 
ing. One of the nice things about the newspaper 

54 SPRING 1999 

business is everything you write is published right 
away, every day. You've got a byline. People tell 
you, "Hey, great story." Of course, journalism is 
pretty ephemeral. But, nevertheless, I was happy to 
see my work. 

I think being a writer is like any other job in a 
way. We're creative, of course, and there's a certain 
amount of inspiration. But there's a lot of disap- 
pointment in it because you love what you write 
like children, and when somebody turns it down, 
you feel hurt. A lot of people get very discouraged. 
Robert Frost said you've got to go to trial by 
market. And trial by market can lead to a lot of 

heartbreak. I think a lot oi people give up. 

It's not an easy life. The authors like Updike and 
others who make a million are very fortunate. But 
there's a whole substratum of writers like myself 
who don't share in all those profits. My children are 
all artists. They're not going to make any money ei- 
ther. Oh, I enjoy it, sure. I'm happy to be paid for 
what I do. I have no quarrel, no great wishes. 

I find time passing — you know at my age it pass- 
es very rapidly. I don't think I've got that much 
time. If I live to be the same age as my sister, I've 
got another seven years, six years. 

I can't think of anything I would have done 

A writer — that's all I am. I've written 15 books. I have written more than 15, but 15 have been published. Every day I give some thought 
to writing, and I give some thought to improving what I've written. 


differently. I enjoyed working. I wouldn't know 
what to do without working. I'm happy to have 
done it. I love my poetry. I love it all. 

Ar b 1 1 C r The Honorable Mary Beatty Muse JD 10 
grew up on the Boston College campus, in the house that later he- 
came the St. Ignatius rectory. In 1946 she became one of the first 
women accepted to BC Law School — this after serving as a ayp- 
tographer, fresh out of Emmanuel College, during World War II. 
Judge Muse, 78, is a petite woman with a sensible demeanor. 
From 1982 until her retirement in 1990 she sat as an associate 
justice of the probate and family court for Suffolk County. Ever 
an active volunteer, Muse has since served on commissions ad- 
dressing the future of the courts and gender equality and on an 
investigative advisory panel for the Massachusetts Department of 
Mental Retardation. She now sits as a court-appointed master, 
conducting hearings on treatment plans for state wards, pro bono. 
Muse and her husband, lawyer Robert E Muse '42, are the par- 
ents of 11 children — a contractor, a teacher, two physicians, and 
seven lawyers. 

Mary Beatty Muse It was hard when I contemplated 
retirement. I enjoyed serving as a judge. It was 

The family court where I worked was quite 
stressful. While you're sitting there you can see the 
changes in society and the sadness: a grandmother 
coming in to be the appointed guardian of some 
youngsters — and where is the mother? She's on 
drugs. Where is the father? We don't know who 
the father is. Nobody comes in there unless they 
have a problem. 

I found if you listened to people and talked to 
them, and if they trusted you, maybe you could help 
them. I hope I helped people. I always tried. Some- 
times it would be so busy and there would be so 
many. And I would think to myself, "Remember, this 
is important to the person who is before you. You're 
not important, your job is to serve them." And 
you're not going to give everybody what they want. 

It's a tremendous responsibility. You change peo- 
ple's lives. A lot of times you don't see the results — 
I found that hard. But I was fortunate. I had a good 
life. When you're working you don't have the ener- 
gy to do many other things. But I had a family that 
kept me busy. 

I always anticipated that I could have children 
and a career if I wanted to do the extra work. 
My mother had practiced medicine and had four 
children; she accommodated with an office in the 
house. I remember driving with her when she made 

calls on patients. I saw how hard my mother 

worked. But she always had time to help people. 

Sometime she'd bring patients back to the house 

who didn't have anybody to take care of 

them, to tide them over. She practiced the 


When my husband, Bob, and I were dis- 
charged from the service in 1945-46 — I 
was in the first class of Wave midshipmen, 
and he was a Marine fighter pilot — the 
government had established the GI Bill. 
Bob had always wanted to be an attorney, 
and he suggested I go to law school with 
him. I had been interested in medicine but 
thought that it would be very difficult to 
be in a marriage with a family, which I 
wanted, and going on different tracks. 
I wanted to do something with my life, to 
be of service, and the law was a comparable 
situation. I graduated from law school 
with four children. My husband worked 
full-time as an attorney. I worked out of a 
small office in the house. 

Becoming a judge was not my goal in life. I was 
in awe of judges. But life is funny. When I finally 
was able to go to work full-time — when the chil- 
dren were going right along in school and didn't 
need me — a group of women lawyers asked if I 
would join in a discussion of opportunities for 
women in law. I was the oldest one there. I moder- 
ated a conference on the topic. I've always had a lot 
of luck. A classmate from law school became chair- 
man of the Judicial Nominating Committee, and he 
asked if I would serve on it. I thought, "This is my 
opportunity to speak up for women." I was the 
token woman on the committee. Unfortunately, at 
that time few women had much experience. They 
had not been practicing law long enough. Finally, 
my committee members suggested that I get off the 
committee and submit my name to the lengthy 
screening process. 

I think in every period of a person's life, there are 
different opportunities and challenges. After I re- 
tired, the chief judge for the probate court asked if 
I would conduct reviews of judges under the Judicial 
Enhancement Program. I did that for about five 
years. Sometimes it's very isolating to be a judge. You 
don't know if you're doing something wrong because 
no one tells you. Obviously, if you make a mistake, 
lawyers can appeal it. That's fine. It makes me sleep 
better at night because I know I'm fallible. But 
your mannerisms might be at fault — you could be 

56 SPRING 1999 

I found if you listened to people and talked to them, and if they trusted you, maybe you could help them. I hope I helped people. 
I always tried. Sometimes it would be so busy and there would be so many. 

intimidating witnesses, cutting off attorneys — and 
no one would tell you. Evaluation was a good mech- 
anism to tell people — a way to help. 

The court really overworks the judges, so now I 
volunteer to review treatment plans for the mental- 
ly ill and the mentally retarded who are under 
guardianship. I go to the hospitals. We aren't as 
rushed — there's more privacy. I make my recom- 
mendations to the judges. 

When I was growing up there was a Depression, 
and people were lucky if they had a job. When my 
generation graduated, with the world in upheaval, 

it was our responsibility to join the services. Those 
who had a job with Uncle Sam hoped and prayed 
that they'd survive, because a lot of people that we 
knew did not. That's what we grew up with. You 
were expected to work. You were glad if you had an 
opportunity to do it. 

I'm thankful to God for every day he gives me. 
It's wonderful because I have the time to pick and 
choose what I want to do. I can try to get to Mass 
every day. I can find things I would like to do and 
enjoy, or not do anything. It's great. And something 
always comes up. 


V_> 111 Ll V ci LOT Professor Emeritus David Lowen- 
thal, 76, has been teaching moral and political philosophy at 
Boston College since 1966, part-time since he retired from the 
political science department in 1994. He earned his B.A. from 
Brooklyn College in 1943 and a B.S. from New York University 
in 1946 — the latter an adjunct to his duties as a radar weather 
officer during the war. He holds a masters degree and a doctor- 
ate from the New School for Social Research. Lowenthal began his 
career with a part-time teaching position at the City College of 
New York. From there he went on to North Carolina State Col- 
lege, Harvard University, and Wlieaton College before joining 
the faculty at BC. In 1997 he published two books, "No Liberty 
for License: The Forgotten Logic of the First Amendment" and 
"Shakespeare and the Good Life: Ethics and Politics in Dramat- 
ic Form. " He is working on a book about Abraham Lincoln s 
speeches. LowenthaVs strong voice carries the inflections of his 
native Brooklyn, New York. As he speaks, his two-and-a-half- 
year-old son lounges on his lap. 

David Lowenthal I'm one of those who was afraid he 
would fail in the regular world. I didn't know quite 
what I would do out there, so I drew on what I 
knew I had some capacity for. When I was in col- 
lege I tutored high school kids in mathematics. I 
kind of succeeded in that. Even when I was in the 
Air Force, I was always good at explaining things to 
people. So that was that. Apart from teaching I've 
never had a real job. 

At the University if you're retired you can teach 
part-time. Right now I'm teaching two courses in 
one semester and not teaching in the other semes- 
ter. I'll continue that for a little while, as long as my 
brain and my health hold up. In the off semester 
I keep very busy with my reading and my writing 
on one topic or another. And when the weather 
or the season allows, I do a lot of gardening. I'm 
kind of a putterer, but I have a rose garden. That's 
not easy. 

I didn't have any fears that retirement would be 
a burden. There was one aspect of teaching that I 
knew I wasn't going to miss. Particularly among 
undergraduates there were always a certain number 
sitting in class who, I wouldn't say were there for 
the ride, but they weren't too serious. And while I 
didn't mind teaching them, I didn't particularly 
enjoy it either. But I knew I was going to miss badly 
the really good students — when you knew you were 
talking to somebody out there and they were talk- 
ing to you. By teaching part-time I keep that up, a 
little bit anyhow. 

You have to have a center in your life, and 
I've always thought it ought to be fairly serious. 

Reading books and pursuing important 
questions have delighted me my whole life. 
I never considered it work. Aristotle dis- 
tinguished between what you have to do 
and leisure. But leisure isn't the same as re- 
laxation or recreation. It's an important 
thing that you do with the time when you 
don't have to do anything. And the two 
most important things were philosophy 
and politics. 

It was partly accidental that I wound up 
in political philosophy. I was a history major 
hoping to go to Yale University. But I had to 
mark some time, and I decided to go to the 
New School for Social Research in Manhat- 
tan. It was the center of adult education at 
the time, and it had a graduate program as 
well, which did not include history. So I 
took some courses in philosophy and polit- 
ical philosophy, and I discovered how much I liked it. 
I had some outstanding teachers. The president of 
the New School, a man named Alvin Johnson, went 
out and rescued some of the best European scholars 
fleeing from Hider or Mussolini or Stalin. I studied 
mainly with Leo Strauss, who went on to teach at the 
University of Chicago. 

Once I took those courses, I knew that philosophy 
was going to be more important for me. But I started 
taking some courses in sociology, which I also like 
very much. So I got a master's degree in sociology — 
a point I don't reveal too frequendy. I shifted from 
history to sociology to political philosophy. 

You can't really isolate the parts of philosophy, 
they're all interdependent. Look at a collection of 
the works of Aristotle — they range from ethics to 
politics to physics to metaphysics to the parts of an- 
imals. But since I had to concentrate more in one 
field than another, I concentrated in moral and po- 
litical philosophy. 

Academic life is a lot different from what it was 
when I started out. People are getting promoted on 
the basis of well-done minutiae. Whole forests are 
being felled to produce the paper that is being used 
to publish books on those subjects. I've always 
thought of that as a degradation of the scholarly 
life. You ought to choose important subjects. Write 
when you're prepared to write. But the pressure is 
to rush. You're given six years to make tenure. It's 
kind of artificial — we force people to write when 
they're young, when we should really expect that 
they would write when they're older. 

Work is man's means of doing necessary things. 

58 SPRI.N'f. 1999 

But I think what draws someone to a certain form 
of work has to be something about that work's 
importance. I always thought teachers were privi- 
leged. You ileal with important problems — the 
political philosophers were trying to understand 
how human beings ought to live. And you deal with 
young people who are on their way to making up 
their minds, who often are quite confused. You 
yourself are confused about matters, so you want to 
find your way out of this confusion if you can. 

It's like you're treating a young plant — here's 
this remarkable thing, a human being, who has 

these powers that no other being directly known to 
us possesses. They can go astray rather easily, or 
they can flourish and become marvelous. You re- 
member from your own children. You see these 
powers starting to manifest themselves at a very 
early age, when they start thinking and asking ques- 
tions. When you teach it's a cultivating of other 
human beings that at the same time is a cultivation 
of yourself. 

Anna Marie Murphy is a fi-eelance writer living in 
Med fie hi Massach n setts. 

The pressure is to rush. You're given six years to make tenure. It's kind of artificial — we force people to write when they're young, 
when we should really expect that they would write when they're older. 



Aim Usvisessivakul '99, a general 
management major in the 
Carroll School of Management, 
talks to PricewaterhouseCoopers' 
Jack Dunleavy, father of Suzanne 
Dunleavy '99, at the annual 
Parents' Council Career Night on 
March 25. More than 450 students 
attended the event to speak 
with BC parents and others who 
work in fields ranging from 
Internet marketing to medicine. 


BC parent makes $500,000 bequest for scholarship fund 

Frank Negri grew up the 
youngest of 10 children in 
Brooklyn, New York, came of 
age during the Great Depres- 
sion, built a struggling 
ball-bearing manufacturing 
firm into a global business with 
annual revenues of $50 million, 
and sent his daughter, Patricia, 
to Marywood College and his 
son, Peter, to Boston College. 

This background offers 
clues as to why Frank Negri, 
who died in August 1998 at the 
age of 83, quietly made a 
$500,000 bequest to establish 
a scholarship fund at Boston 

"My sister and I were the 

first in our family to graduate 
from college, and he was very 
proud of that," said Peter 
Negri '68. "He had tremen- 
dous respect for education and 
what it could do for people." 

Frank Negri did not have a 
chance to attend college. He 
was 18 years old in 1933, one 
of the worst years of the Great 
Depression and a time when 
educational opportunities were 
few — another reason why he 
may have felt it important to 
establish the scholarship fund, 
said his son. 

"He never really talked 
about making a gift to BC," 
said Peter, the CEO and presi- 

dent of the Jamaica Bearings 
Company, in New Hyde Park, 
New York — the business his 
father had bought from an 
older brother for a couple of 
hundred dollars in 1934. 

The senior Negri had a 
connection to Boston College 
through his son and his son's 
children — Brian '96 and Eliza- 
beth '00 — and through Boston 
College athletics, which, Peter 
said, "kept his interest in 
the University alive through 
the years after I graduated." 

Jamaica Bearings, which 
makes and distributes ball 
bearings for aerospace applica- 
tions, now has offices in Lon- 

don and Singapore, and more 
than half of its revenues come 
from global customers. "My 
dad had a great mind for 
business," said Peter. "He saw 
early the opportunities in 
international markets." 

His father plaved an active 
role in the company into his 
early seventies, and went into 
the office most days up until 
about a year before he died. 

"I feel enormous pride 
in him," said Peter. "The 
way he made this gift was typi- 
cal of the kind of person he 
was. He never sought any kind 
of public recognition for his 

60 SPRING 1999 


Alumna passes along her good fortune with a check and a note 

When Andrea Quinn '91 made 
Fund recently, she did more 
than simply send a check. She 
included a story. The former 
accounting and finance major 
enclosed a note saying she 
hoped to enable a student with 
limited financial resources "to 
benefit from a BC education 
like I did." 

As an undergraduate Quinn 
received a scholarship awarded 
by The Real Estate and 
Finance Council (TREFC), a 
group of alumni and friends in 
the real estate and financial 
services industries. 

Quinn said the award al- 
lowed her to realize her poten- 
tial by permitting her "to focus 

on my academic and career 
goals instead of worrying about 
how I was going to pay for 
my education. Otherwise, it 
would have been a hardship on 
my family for me to attend 
Boston College." 

The scholarship also proved 
to have real-world value. As a 
TREFC scholar, she was able 
to meet alumni working in real 
estate development, and 
those contacts resulted in sum- 
mer employment with Edward 
Logue, former director of the 
Boston Redevelopment 
Authority, and with John M. 
Corcoran '48, of Corcoran & 
Company. John M. Corcoran, 
a former chairman of The Real 
Estate and Finance Council, 

founded the scholarship fund 
in 1983. It has grown to more 
than $15 million, and has 
awarded 41 scholarships 
since 1987. 

"The council is particularly 
proud of Andrea Quinn, and 
we're very gratified to hear of 
her response," said Corcoran. 
"Her story is one of the won- 
derful things about BC." 

Quinn, the director of man- 
agement reporting for Cahners 
Business Information, in 
Newton, Massachusetts, said, 
"I am constantly reminded 
of the value of my BC 
education. I'm glad that I final- 
ly have die chance to help 
make that education possible 
for another student." 


BC research center funded to study community-friendly businesses 

Supported by Ford Founda- 
tion grants totaling $445,000, 
a BC research center is study- 
ing partnerships between busi- 
nesses and economically 
distressed communities. 

The project by the Center 
for Corporate Community Re- 
lations (CCCR) will examine 
community-corporate develop- 
ment partnerships, produce 
case studies to be used as 
teaching models, and present a 
comprehensive report to a 21- 
member advisory committee. 
Initial survey results will be 
available to the committee in 

May, so it can determine the 
best cases to pursue. 

CCCR Director Brad Goo- 
gins said businesses are start- 
ing to see community relations 
and local economic develop- 
ment as part of an overall busi- 
ness strategy instead of a 
purely philanthropic activity. 

"Most companies today 
recognize that their involve- 
ment in communities is no 
longer simply sending a check 
or the provision of Little 
League uniforms," said Goo- 
gins. "Rather, corporate in- 
volvement in communities is a 

business essential — essential to 
ensuring a license to operate, 
essential to creating trust and 
building reputation, and most 
importantly ensuring a vibrant 
community in whch to live, 
work, and do business." 

CCCR's Ted J. Gaiser, who 
oversees project research, said 
the study will focus attention 
on critical economic issues, 
such as the potential for re- 
ducing government spending, 
changes in corporate competi- 
tive strategies, and changes in 
the ways that communities 
view themselves. 


The Reunion Giving program, 
which set a record last year of $3.8 
million in gifts and pledges, is 
headed for a new high this year. 
The class of 1954 is nearing the 
$4.5 million mark, and the class of 
1969 is nearing the $4 million 
mark; both have already surpassed 
the previous high for any single re- 
union class. The class of 1964 has 
topped $2 million in gifts and 
pledges, while the classes of 1949 
and 1954 have exceeded their par- 
ticipation goals of 40 percent. The 
class gifts will be presented during 
the Celebration of Loyalty event in 
Bapst Library on May 22. 


Parents Weekend this year will be 
held October 1-3 and will feature 
the Pops on the Heights benefit 
concert, with Keith Lockhart 
conducting the Boston Pops 
Esplanade Orchestra. Other events 
include a football game against 
Northeastern University and Sun- 
day Mass celebrated by University 
President William P. Leahy, SJ, 
followed by a brunch with the 
president and deans. For informa- 
tion call (800) 767-5591. 


The following named endowed 
funds were recently established 
at Boston College. New funds may 
be established and contributions 
to existing funds may be 
made through the Office of 
Development, More Hall. 


• The Pollock Family 
Scholarship Fund 

• The Ward Family Fund 

• The Trina Grillo Endowed 
Scholarship Fund- 

• established through the Deferred 
Giving Program 



Pundit laureate 

H. L. Mencken is remembered mostly for his 1920s topicality and a hatred of all things Roosevelt, but 

English Professor Richard Schrader, author of H.L Mencken: A Descriptive Bibliography (Pittsburgh, 1998), 

says Mencken was a social critic for all American times. An interview by John Ombelets 

What would Mencken have made of the 
yearlong saga of President Clinton and the 
impeachment trial? 

Every time something like the Clinton 
scandal comes up, Mencken fans say, 
"Mencken, thou shouldst be living 
now." But I don't know that he would 
have been able to do much with this. 
He was a political satirist, and it's hard 
to find anyone today who is doing 
genuine satire. It's not understood or 
taken the right way. Mencken's likely 
commentary on the whole Monica 
circus would be considered mean-spir- 
ited — which he was. 

In conversation he probably would 
say that it was no different from what 
was going on in the twenties, with the 
shenanigans of Warren Harding and 

others of that ilk, except that then, 
Mencken couldn't really print much 
of what he knew congressmen and sen- 
ators were doing. He was intimate with 
many of them as a reporter for the 
Baltimore Evening Sun. In after years he 
would talk knowledgeably about sena- 
tors and vice presidents and others who 
were alcoholics or who were guilty of 
various character failings. 

Whose side would he be on — Clinton's or 
Kenneth Starr's? 

He would probably be torn. He might 
well side with Clinton in many re- 
spects, because his great crusade was 
against puritanism in this country. 
On the other hand, if he was writing 
along the lines of his famous satirical 

depiction of the South, he might see 
Clinton as just the latest in a long line 
going back to the segregationist sena- 
tors and congressmen of the twenties 
and the Ku Klux Klan, the triumph of 
white trash. Mencken might use Clin- 
ton to bolster his argument on the fail- 
ings of American democracy. But as for 
Clinton's sex life, Mencken would be 
far more temperate than a lot of the 
current commentators. 

Mencken wrote at a time when our society 
was more conservative, more agrarian, and 
less democratic. Does any of his social crit- 
icism still pertain? 

To the extent that we still have latent 
puritanism in America, he is relevant. 
To the extent that there is still a debate 

62 SPRING 1999 

over the meaning of democracy, or 
how strong democracy is as a system, 
he is relevant. 

One of Mencken's classic and con- 
stant arguments was that the American 
system frustrated the superior person, 
what he called "the civilized minority." 
He challenged democratic institutions 
because he felt they glorified medioc- 
rity, the lowest common denominator. 
He argued for maintaining standards, 
but he was not specific about what that 
meant in practice. Who would these 
aristocrats be? Whose standards would 
be enforced? 

It had nothing to do with class. He 
himself was a happily bourgeois gen- 
tleman from Baltimore, as middle class 
as they came. It had to do with attitude 
and ability. By superiority he meant a 
superiority of attainments rather than 
the name you were born with or what 
you deposited at the bank. 

But he was a destructive and not a 
constructive critic, and he admitted it. 
He had no working alternatives for 
most of the institutions and programs 
that he challenged, except that he 
imagined that placing superior individ- 
uals in charge would serve us better. He 
felt that people of superior character 
and intellect would instinctively protect 
dissent and promote creativity in all its 
aspects — a kind of noblesse oblige. 

His critics would ask him, "If 
America is all so bad, why are you still 
here?" He gave an answer to that 
once. He said, "Why do people go to 
zoos?" But he knew very well that he 
could not have lived anywhere else. 
He really did love it here, he ate it up. 

Mencken distrusted organized religion of all 
descriptions, didn't he? 

All establishments, really, religious 
and academic. One reason he's been 
thrown out of the literary canon, I 
think, is that he was so antiacademic 
and he was opposed by the establish- 
ment, which was very conservative 
back then. And, yes, he disliked orga- 
nized religion. The Scopes trial was 
set up pretty much by Mencken and 

the Baltimore Sun as a test of antievo- 
lution doctrine. The Sun eventually 
paid the fine for John Scopes. 

Mencken himself admitted that the 
Tennessee law against teaching Dar- 
win's theory of evolution in the public- 
schools was probably constitutional as 
the Constitution was understood in 
those days. The trial was just a theater 
for him. 

In "The Calamity of Appomattox," Mencken 
argues that the Confederacy's defeat led di- 
rectly to the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the 
)im Crow South, and that the nation would 
have been better off if southern aristocracy 
had triumphed. Was he serious? 
He was never entirely serious. But he 
saw in the South a classic instance of 
the worst elements in society prevail- 
ing, and he liked to imagine it was 
because the aristocracy either was 
wiped out by the war or moved north. 
That's an exaggeration, like most 
satire, but vou find it in Faulkner, too, 
when he's talking about the lower-class 
elements behind the Ku Klux Klan 
and Jim Crow. 

A lot of Mencken's satire was di- 
rected at the South. "The Sahara of 
the Bozart" caused a huge ruckus 
there. But that was his aim. He pro- 
voked the South and actually helped 
stimulate its revival by way of south- 
erners' reaction to his ridicule. 

In a 1920 essay, "The National Letters," 
Mencken declared that the United States 
had not produced any first-rate novelists. 
What did he think of American letters? 
Mencken was probably exaggerating 
in that essay, because there were 
American writers he admired hugely. 
He thought Huckleberry Finn was a 
great American novel. He said that 
reading it for the first time was the 
most colossal moment of his life, and 
he reread it every year for many years. 
But he dismissed Anglophiles whom 
he felt were merely imitating English 
writers — Nathaniel Hawthorne and 
Henry James, for example. 

Mencken applauded dissent and 

innovation in a writer. And for many 
young writers in the twenties, he was 
the ideal audience. He was the literary 
arbiter of the 1920s. You see this in his 
personal collection, which is intact in 
the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. 
You can go through the inscriptions 
and letters in the first editions present- 
ed to him by all the famous writers of 
that age. After The Gi-eat Gatsby was 
published Fitzgerald wrote to him, "I'd 
rather have you like a book of mine 
than anyone in America." 

Mencken admired Theodore Dreis- 
er and Sinclair Lewis because they 
exemplified the kind of realistic, natu- 
ralistic writing that he had always 
championed. But you have to remem- 
ber that as a critic he wrote the first 
book on George Bernard Shaw way 
back in 1905. In fact, that was Menck- 
en's first real book. He was the first 
editor to publish James Joyce in this 
country. He also championed Willa 
Gather, Ring Lardner, Eugene O'Neill, 
and Henrik Ibsen. 

He liked any writer who promoted 
his agenda, especially Dreiser; that was 
a famous collaboration. Dreiser would 
send Mencken galleys or manuscripts 
for editing. Then Mencken would de- 
liver a favorable review, usually. 

Mencken is now seen by many as misogy- 
nist, racist, anti-Semitic. Do you agree with 
those interpretations? 

The people who make these criticisms 
are relying on the "night thoughts" 
that came out in his posthumously 
published diary, and in a couple of 
other memoirs that were not pub- 
lished until decades after he died in 
1956. The last of them is out, and the 
record is on the table. 

But I think you have to look at the 
entire corpus of his work, not just those 
utterances. Some scholars make it 
sound as though Mencken were writing 
today, as though he didn't have the con- 
sciousness he did, which was mainlv 
formed in the 19th century. He was 
guilty of ethnic labeling. Like nearly 
everyone else at the time, he believed in 



inherited traits. He took for granted 
the hypotheses about inherited differ- 
ences advanced by the biological and 
anthropological sciences in the 19th 

In addition, as a student and lover 
of American slang, he used all of the 
now-forbidden words to talk about 
ethnic groups and races, including his 
own. It didn't cause much trouble at 
the time because his audience under- 
stood this as part of his comic persona. 
They were better readers than we 
are. Walter Lippmann said, "Mencken 
calls you a swine, and he increases 
your will to live." 

Did Mencken take any public positions at 
the time regarding blacks or Jews? 

Mencken recruited women and minori- 
ties to write for his magazines, The 
Smart Set and The American Mercury. 
The latter ran more than 50 articles by 
or about African-Americans between 
1924 and 1933. Who else in the main- 
stream American media was doing 
that then? 

Black intellectuals such as James 
Weldon Johnson and the journalist 
George Schuyler in Pittsburgh held 
Mencken up as a model for black writ- 
ers because he always encouraged them 
not just to show that they could write 
like white people, but to find those 
areas in which they were superior to 
white authors. In a book titled The Sage 
in Harlem, cultural critic Charles 
Scruggs wrote how much Mencken's 
support for black writers had con- 
tributed to the Harlem Renaissance. 

In those posthumously published 
memoirs, Mencken says some nasty 
things about Jews, about his Jewish 
friends. To modify the cliche, all of his 
best friends were Jewish — practically 
all of his publishing colleagues, his 
collaborators on the magazines. They 
would have been shocked to read some 
of the things he said about them. 

But in public and in print Menck- 
en supported the Zionist position in 

Palestine in the 1930s. In 1938 he at- 
tacked Franklin Roosevelt for trying to 
restrict Jewish immigration to the 
United States from Nazi Germany. 
Mencken wrote that if necessary, we 
should allow all the Jews from Ger- 
many into this country. 

Mencken had no illusions about the 
superiority of white Anglo-Saxon 
Protestant Americans because they 
were always oppressing one person or 
another. He'd say, "There's democracy 
for you." One reason for his support- 
ing black writers in the twenties 
was that he'd felt what it meant to be 
discriminated against as a German- 
American during World War I. What 
he assailed in his writings were false 
pretensions to superiority of any kind. 

You mentioned FDR. Mencken's stance 
against the president really hurt his popu- 
larity, didn't it? 

That's when he lost his audience, yes. 
Mencken was a libertarian, and that 
philosophy sounded great in the pros- 
perous teens and twenties, when 
he was attacking Prohibition and cen- 
sorship, and defending figures like 
Emma Goldman and Eugene Debs, 
and getting himself arrested on the 
Boston Common in 1926 for vending a 
banned issue of The American Mercury. 
He was a culture hero. 

But in the thirties the Depression 
hit. People turned to Franklin Roose- 
velt and a growing federal government, 
which Mencken the libertarian could 
not abide. He wrote an editorial for the 
Sun that was just a million dots, no 
words, just a million dots to indicate all 
the federal jobholders, making the 
point that here is what government has 
become. He thought of FDR as just an- 
other in a line of bad presidents — the 
Archangel Woodrow, Gamaliel Hard- 
ing, Silent Cal, and Lord Hoover. 
Mencken said of democracy that it is 
"that theory of government by which 
the people deserve to get what they 
want, good and hard." And he found in 

Roosevelt just another example of peo- 
ple getting what they deserved. 

There was also a personal edge to 
his dislike. In 1934, at the Gridiron 
Club in Washington, D.C., Mencken 
delivered a humorous — but not vi- 
cious — roast of Roosevelt. Then the 
president got up and started reading a 
piece of satire about journalism in 
America. Slowly it dawned on the au- 
dience that he was quoting from an 
old Mencken essay, and Mencken's 
color changed. He never forgave FDR 
for that. 

What would Mencken have made of our TV- 
journalist celebrities? 

One reason he went into journalism 
was that famous journalists were ro- 
mantic figures at the turn of the cen- 
tury. It was an era before Hollywood, 
and journalists were stars, even role 
models: Stephen Crane, Theodore 
Dreiser, Stanley finding Livingstone, 
those stories were very vivid. He 
would have understood the stardom 
today but would not have thought it 
was deserved. 

Where does H.L. Mencken fit into American 

I think he was and is America's great- 
est journalist and man of letters. He 
was indeed greatly admired and overly 
imitated, which probably ruined a lot 
of good writers. It is so hard to write in 
that idiom. I think no one has so well 
combined reportage with the essay. If 
you look at his original reports from 
the Scopes trial, they are extremely 
readable and informational but very 
funny. And he could get away with that 
because he was so talented. 

If Mencken were around today, he 
would be happy, not because the society 
or culture has improved but because 
there is still so much wrong with the 
country, and that was what brought out 
his talent. He would say it's still going 
to hell in a handbasket. It's always going 
to hell in a handbasket. 

64 \PKI\T, 1999 


Company man 


Like many a graduate starting a career, Aleksandar Totic was 
immersed in work for most of his mid-twenties. As he re- 
calls it, he rarely spent a day outdoors and never had a date. 

"I didn't return mail, phone calls, anything for five 
years," he says, a restless leg bounce betraying a manifest 
hyperactivity. "My mother would call me, and I'd say, 'Yeah, 
Mom, I'm busy right now. Let's talk some other time.' Then 
it might be weeks later before I talked to her." 

Yes, he was a company man. But unlike so many others 
who fit that description, Totic doesn't have to wonder 
whether the long hours were worth it. His company was 
Netscape. As its 11th employee, he was one of the firm's 
original programmers, long before Netscape became the 
dominant Internet browser and employees' stock holdings 
soared in value. 

Last fall Totic quit the company he had helped build, and 
he has been adjusting to life without work. He doesn't know 
yet if he is changing careers or has simply retired. "I'm still 
coming down off it. I've been on vacation for three 
months," he says. "I really don't know what I want to do." 
Then he laughs: "I guess I want to read about what has hap- 
pened in the last five years." 

Born in Belgrade, Totic spent part of his childhood in 
Kuwait and arrived at BC in 1985. After graduation he be- 
came a research assistant at the University of Illinois at 

Champaign-Urbana, working toward a graduate degree and 
hoping for a big offer from a Microsoft or Sun Microsys- 
tems, and an annual salarv of, say, $80,000. 

But his life changed in an instant in 1994 when an old 
friend from the University of Illinois sent him an E-mail 
with an offer to work at a then-unnamed start-up. "Two 
days later," says Totic, "I was in California, in Silicon Valley, 
looking for an apartment." 

The rest is a classic tale of '90s-style unfettered corporate 
growth, and Totic breaks into a riff explaining it: "The first 
nine months or so were the best time. We were hiring like 
mad and moving from building to building. I would eat 
breakfast diree times a day, drink between six and 12 Cokes. 
I would wake up and it would be gray outside, and I 
wouldn't know if it was night or day, whether night was 
coming or whether dawn had arrived. In the beginning 
there was no politics, no nothing. But over time things were 
becoming really huge, and it diluted the original spirit." 

These days Totic ducks the obvious question about his 
net worth, saying only that he can buy almost anything he 
wants — except, say, a tropical island or a professional sports 
team. "I don't have to work again, ever," he says. "I know I 
haven't had a bored moment yet, but working like a dog 
kind of gets old after a while." 

Suzanne Keating 




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Gregory Barber '69 and his wife, Geraldine, are surrounded by the symbols ofBC's gridiron glory in Conte Forum. Their children, 
Gregory '99 and Amy, joined in the gift that will endow the position of head football coach. Photograph by Gary W. Gilbert 


Greg Barber '69, chairman of the investment firm 
Gregory P. Barber & Associates, and his family have 
given $2.5 million to establish the Gregory P. Barber 
and Family Endowment for the Head Football 
Coach. Their gift supports BC's commitment to 
compete successfully in Division I-A football, lends 
prestige to the head coaching position, and adds flex- 
ibility to the funding of athletics.